Why is 'Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' star Jen Shah being evicted from her $4 million Utah home?
'Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' star Jen Shah has never been one to hold back on showing off her lavish lifestyle on cameras. Fans of Bravo's latest reality series might recollect how Jen proudly showed off her stunning timber-frame home which she fondly dubbed as 'Shah's Chalet' on the show. Although fans were led to believe that Jen and her husband Sharrief Shah were the owners of the massive $4 million worth home, it was later revealed that the Shahs were only renting the luxury property and didn't actually own it.
Jen's carefully curated image of being super wealthy came crumbling down after the reality star was arrested in March on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and also a conspiracy to commit money laundering. The 47-year-old was released on a $1million bond after she plead not guilty. Unfortunately for Jen, while she waits for her trial in October, the reality star and her family were slapped with yet another bad news after they found themselves being forced to evict their beautiful rental property after the owners of the property decided to sell it.
According to reports Jen is being forced to evict from 'Shah Chalet' after it went on the market on Tuesday, May 25. Texas-based real estate company, Univesco Inc., has owned the five-bedroom home since 2014. The Daily Mail reported that the seller has already had an offer with the home now 'pending or under contract' meaning Jen and her husband will have to vacate swiftly.
The ski-lodge-style house is situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and perched upon a bluff above the 8th and 10th holes of the renowned Tom Fazio designed Golf Club and Spa, and is said to boast 'panoramic views and serenity.' The 9,420-square-foot home boasts of indoor and outdoor jacuzzi set-up overlooking stunning views of the nearby golf course, pool table, wine cellar, and stunning stone fireplaces and bar which is perfect for entertaining guests.
In the past when rumors of her renting her home were circulating online, the housewife took to her Instagram to put the rumors to rest once and for all by admitting that she did rent the place and questioning people for being so bothered by something "irrelevant". According to The Sun the reality star wrote, "Ok #1. We rent the Shah Ski Chalet in Glenwilde. Is this what everyone is getting their g-string up their a** about because they're irrelevant? Or is it because they wish they could afford to pay the rent plus own four other homes and have an apt in NYC? Let's put this to rest...it’s not Lisa Barlow, and everyone knows we rent in Park City for the winter." "What’s your point? AND YES I run around in the snow in my 6 inch Louboutins because what the f*** else would I wear? Thank you," she added.
Jen was arrested alongside her 'first assistant' Stuart Smith, who appeared at the federal courthouse on the same day. The pair managed to secure a release from Judge Dustin Pead on several strict conditions. The conditions include a travel ban outside of Utah. She can't travel outside of Utah or the country without the permission of a pretrial officer and also needs to surrender her passport. She is also not allowed to use her credit card or apply for any new lines of credit, as part of her release conditions.
If found guilty, the duo could potentially be sentenced to up to 50 years in prison as the maximum sentence for conspiracy to commit wire fraud is 30 years while conspiracy to commit money laundering comes with a maximum of 20 years sentence. Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh explained how Shah and her agent "allegedly built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people", as they continued to flaunt their "lavish lifestyle to the public as a symbol of their 'success," reported Fox News.
Jen's trial date has been scheduled for October 18.