Real Housewives of Salt Lake City fans are left STUNNED after finding out who REALLY turned Jen Shah in to the FBI – after she was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for wire fraud
- Shah was convicted for a role in a telemarketing scheme targeting the elderly
- Viewers suspected one of her RHOSLC castmates had reported her to the FBI
- It has since been revealed that new Housewife Monica Garcia was the one who alerted authorities to Shah’s suspicious behavior
The reality star, 49, is currently serving her six-and-a-half-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to wire fraud and money laundering within a telemarketing scheme targeting the elderly.
Authorities had initially crashed a girls’ trip on season two of the show in the hopes of arresting Shah – but she was not present after allegedly being tipped off ahead of time.
Dozens of viewers were left wondering how the FBI, who eventually tracked her down, found out about the scheme with many assuming that one of her RHOSLC castmates had thrown her under the bus.
And it turns out that hunch was correct.
Housewife Monica Garcia, who was previously one of Shah’s assistants, dropped the bombshell during the season four premiere that she was the one who had ratted her out.
But the star revealed that she had talked to the Secret Service about her then boss’ the suspicious behavior prior to being drafted in as Shah’s replacement.
In a confessional, Monica revealed that she became Shah’s assistant after one of the previous employees was fired.
She explained that Shah had sat her down and asked: ‘Do you wanna be rich? You wanna make $600,000 a year?’
‘All you have to do is put this, this, and this in your name.’
Monica immediately became ‘weirded out’ by the situation and decided to call a friend of hers from the Secret Service.
Her friend reportedly said: ‘Get the f**k away from Jen Shaw. She’s going to prison.’
‘She was arrested two months later,’ Monica then explained. ‘And that’s how I became a witness in her federal trial.’
The revelation left fans in a state of shock and rushed to Twitter to express their disbelief.
One wrote: ‘THEY LITERALLY REPLACED JENNIFER SHAH WITH HER INFORMANT AGAINST HER IN HER FEDERAL TRIAL??????!!!!!’
‘New housewife Monica was a WITNESS in the JEN SHAH TRIAL?! We’re EATING this season,’ another added.
A third commented: ‘WHEN THE PRODUCERS OF #RHOSLC CASTED the girl that was the informant for the FBI and then was a witness in the Jen Shah trial who ALSO could have been the potential person that put JEN away in prison.
‘GIVE ME MORE SECRETS MONICA.’
RHOSLC viewers were also impressed by Monica’s bold entrance into the franchise.
‘Monica immediately coming in and confirming she worked with feds in the Jen Shah trial… iconic,’ one user tweeted.
‘Monica befriended Jen, invaded her friend group, got her tea, sent her to jail and took her spot in the group. Girl… that’s mf cold! I LIVE,’ another enthused.
‘Jaw on the FLOOR. How you gonna snitch and then snatch a snowflake while you’re at it? I’m sorry, but my Monica Stan Card is laminated and is ALWAYS in my purse, darling. Card-carrying member! An iconic introduction,’ a third praised.
Some fans joked that Shah would not be happy that her assistant not only was an informant and a witness against her but also stole her spot on the show.
‘I know Jen Shah is starting a prison riot after seeing the mole who stole her money stole her snowflake too. #RHOSLC,’ one wrote.
Another marveled, ‘Jen Shah is 1000% having a stroke when she sees Monica’s confessionals. Imagine you’re rotting away in federal prison and you watch #rhoslc and the girl who took your snowflake is also the person who helped put you there and is now narrating YOUR life however she wants. Iconic.’
One user felt that Bravo was ‘messy’ for going as far as to hire the assistant that played a role in Shah’s demise as her replacement.
‘Monica was Jen Shah’s former assistant and federal witness on her trial??? Bravo is so messy,’ they penned.
However, as messy as it was, some could not help but admit that the casting decision was also ‘brilliant.’
‘Bravo casting a literal witness against Jen Shah as the newest RHOSLC housewife is messy… but brilliant?’ Bravo by Betches tweeted.
‘WAIT SORRY WHAT?!?! They cast the girl that was the informant for the FBI and then as the witness in the Jen Shah trial who potentially was a central figure in putting her away in prison? The casting director of #rhoslc needs a raise IMMEDIATELY! This is SO messy,’ another wrote.
Others had no complaints about the casting decision – calling the network ‘genius’ and worthy of winning an Emmy.
‘Only @BravoTV would cast the star witness who helped the Feds throw Jen Shah to the clink to then give her Jen’s spot in making the new #RHOSLC housewife — not ‘friend of Housewives’ — straight up gave Monica a snowflake,’ one fan wrote.
They added: ‘This deserves an Emmy solely for this scene from Season 4 premiere episode alone. Bravo you redeemed yourself with this epic casting move & saving Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.’
‘It’s kind of a genius casting move that they brought Monica in to replace Jen,’ a second wrote.
They continued: ‘She worked for her, was a witness against her in the trial, knows plenty of the women and their dynamics, and can still talk about the Jen of it all with the other women. Brilliant casting move.’
‘Monica’s casting on #RHOSLC is just perfect. Jen Shah’s former assistant and federal witness on Jen Shah’s trial. Genius,’ a third wrote.
Perhaps the most amusing response came from Monica’s RHOSLC co-star Meredith Marks.
Meredith had previously been accused of turning Shah into the FBI and so she used this moment to clear her name.
‘And you guys thought I called the FBI?? lol #RHOSLC,’ she tweeted.
Shah, one of the most iconic actresses on the show, was sentenced last year to over six years in prison after admitting to orchestrating a telemarketing scheme that targeted elderly and vulnerable individuals.
She duped her victims into buying fake business mentoring programs, before they found themselves with unrelenting subscription payments they couldn’t get out of.
At her sentencing hearing, prosecutors told how she callously laughed with colleagues when some of the victims called them in tears begging to be released from the debts.