Jen Shah ordered to take medication and get mental health treatment as part of 6.5-year prison sentence… after pleading guilty to bilking thousands in wire fraud scheme
- Shah has been sentenced to 6.5 years behind bars
- Mental health treatment is required for her five years of supervised release
- Shah will also be required to take prescribed medications during that period
The 49-year-old Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City star has a little more than a month to go before she is supposed to surrender to federal authorities and begin serving her sentence for conspiracy to commit wire fraud on February 17.
On January 6, a judge sentenced the Real Housewives of Salt Lake star to 6.5 years behind bars at a federal penitentiary in Texas, but with good behavior, she could be out in about five-and-a-half years.
Prison: Jen Shah, 49, Jen Shah has been ordered to take psychiatric medication and get mental health counseling after her release from prison, according to documents obtained by TMZ
At her sentencing hearing, Jen entered ‘sensitive’ information about her mental health saying that, ‘Longstanding untreated mental issues caused me to create my own fractured reality. With the proper medication I can now see what happened.
‘I wish I could have stood outside myself. I am sorry. I have found solace in my volunteer work, with anti-racism organizations and the LGBT community.’
With that in mind, conditions for her parole include entering a court-approved mental health facility and continuing to take her medication, unless her doctor determines otherwise.
The reality star faced up to 30 years in prison for bilking thousands of people across the US, many of them elderly, vulnerable women and the disabled, in a telemarketing scheme that made tens of millions of dollars.
During the hearing the judge noted that Jen and her operation had ‘brazenly continued and hid her activities including moving operations overseas.’
Conditions: The sentencing judge attached conditions to her release, which include continuing medication and mental health treatment at a court approved facility; seen January 6 in NYC
Medication: During sentencing Jen and her attorney entered ‘sensitive’ information into the record, and she told the court, ‘Longstanding untreated mental issues caused me to create my own fractured reality. With the proper medication I can now see what happened’
Crime: The reality star faced up to 30 years in prison for bilking thousands of people across the US, many of them elderly, vulnerable women and the disabled, in a telemarketing scheme that made tens of millions of dollars; seen January 6
Assets: Prosecutors say Jen ‘hid her activities including moving operations overseas.’ Those assets, believed to be hidden if Kosovo or Cyprus will be seized by the government; seen January 6
Those assets, believed to be hidden if Kosovo or Cyprus will be seized by the government.
Other conditions of her sentence include forfeiting $6.5 million and paying up to $9.5 million in restitution. According to tweets from Inner City Press, which followed the proceedings live, Jen, who sold merchandise about the case through a third party vendor, will use proceeds from that endeavor as part of the restitution.
The judge told Jen she would be under supervised release for five years ‘to make sure you don’t end up committing another crime.’
Supervised release: In addition to medication and treatment, Jen will be under supervised release for five years