Jen Shah accused of harassing mystery woman, forcing her to get restraining order against 'RHOSLC' star
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: Jen Shah's impending sentence might be harsher owing to a woman who notified the government about a restraining order she had obtained against the reality star, which prosecutors want the judge to consider. According to TMZ, the judge handling the 'Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' star's sentence was alerted in 2019 of a restraining order issued against Jen in Nevada.
Prosecutors in Jen's federal fraud case have filed fresh documents this week requesting the court to consider a 2019 restraining order obtained by a woman who alleges she had a falling out with the 'Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' star. The officials claim the lady contacted them by letter and now want the judge to look at how she represented their meeting. Prosecutors want to make sure the court hears what the woman said before Jen's sentence hearing on Friday because they believe it is consistent with how Jen Shah behaved with others. In other words, they believe the woman's statement will support what they claim they've learned about Jen's character during these processes, and it appears like prosecutors are seeking a harsher punishment as a result.
Jen may now add stalker and harasser to her growing criminal record, which already includes wire fraud and a telemarketing campaign targeting the elderly and the sick. What this anonymous woman claims happened is a long story that dates back nearly 4 years, when she claims Jen Shah pursued and harassed her. TMZ got her restraining order documents from back then, which were filed in Nevada, and she recounts an alleged tryst her husband was having with Jen, which turned into a meltdown when the lady gave screenshots of texts to Jen's own husband.
The lady alleges that when Jen confronted her, she ignored her, which apparently irritated Jen to the point of going across state borders to face the woman in person. Jen, she claims, dropped up uninvited on her doorstep at 2:30 am. She claims she ultimately phoned the cops, and the woman was given her TRO. It's unclear what happened after that, but prosecutors appear to want a court to hear about it before deciding how many years Jen receives in the fraud case. Again, the feds are requesting at least ten years in prison.
The timing for character statements against the 'RHOSLC' actress couldn't be worse, with Jen's sentence less than 48 hours away, since the prosecution believes Jen's behavior, in this case, maybe typical of how she's handled others.
Jen is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, January 6, nearly a year after being arrested in connection with a telemarketing operation that duped hundreds of victims, the bulk of them were over the age of 55. While both the reality star and her aide, Stuart Smith, first pleaded not guilty, they later changed their pleas. Jen's plea deal called for a jail term of 11 to 14 years, but she has subsequently asked the judge for a three-year sentence. Last month, Sharrieff Shah and the couple's two kids, Sharrieff Jr and Omar, also sent letters on her behalf. The government reacted to Jen's clemency appeal by proposing that she be sentenced to ten years in jail, claiming that her "belated expressions of remorse ring hollow" because she had maintained her innocence on 'RHOSLC' and social media. Several victims' impact statements were later made public.
Jen and her husband Sharrieff attended the Rose Bowl game on Monday, so none of this appears to be bothering her at the time.