From fame in front of the cameras to time behind bars: As Todd and Julie Chrisley are sentenced to 19 years for fraud, FEMAIL reveals OTHER reality TV stars who’ve faced jail – from 19 Kids & Counting pedophile Josh Duggar to RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice
- Todd, 53, and his wife Julie, 49, have been sentenced to 12 and seven years in prison respectively – months after it was revealed that they had scammed the bank by submitting fake documents when applying for loans
- The family is known for their hit show Chrisley Knows Best, which depicts their seemingly picture-perfect southern lifestyle
- The disgraced couple are just two of the TV stars who have seen their rise and fall play out in public after finding fame on popular reality television shows
- The likes of Dance Moms star Abby Miller have been sentenced on charges of fraud while The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Apollo Nida was sent to prison for charges of mail, wire and bank fraud
- Others have been publicly disgraced after being caught in vile behaviors such as Cheer’s Jerry Harris soliciting sex from minors and 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar downloading a vile trove of child porn
- FEMAIL reveals the other famous names who have ended up doing time after making their name on reality TV
As Chrisley Knows Best star Todd and Julie Chrisley found themselves sentenced to 12 and seven years in prison on Monday, respectively, the reality stars become the latest household names to land jail time for serious crimes.
The USA Network stars saw their picture-perfect on-screen images were ripped apart when it was brought to light that they had scammed the bank by submitting fake documents when applying for loans.
Monday saw the married couple sentenced in Atlanta on Monday to a combined total of 19 years in jail after they were found guilty in their $30million tax fraud case.
However, the pair are not the only ones who have seen their rise and fall play out in public after finding fame on popular reality television shows.
Indeed, other famous names have been caught out for their part in questionable practices which has resulted in jail time for a varying level of crimes.
Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller was sentenced over fraud charges while The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Apollo Nida was sent to prison for charges of mail, wire and bank fraud.
Elsewhere, other reality stars have been publicly disgraced after being caught in vile behaviors such as Cheer’s Jerry Harris soliciting sex from minors and 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar downloading a vile trove of child porn.
From Jersey Shore’s Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino to The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah, FEMAIL reveals the other reality stars who have ended up doing time after finding fame.
Chrisley Knows Best stars Todd and Julie Chrisley: Sentenced to 12 and seven years in jail after being found guilty for tax fraud
Todd and Julie were found guilty on federal charges in June and have been sentenced to 12 years and seven years in prison, respectively
On his USA series Chrisley Knows Best, Chrisley has documented his life as a dedicated father to his and Julie’s five children Lindsie, 32; Kyle, 30; Chase, 25; Savannah, 24; and Grayson, 16
They had also both been charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States (court sketches pictured)
Reality stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were sentenced to 12 years and seven years in prison respectively – five months after they were found guilty in their $30million tax fraud case.
Todd, 53, and Julie, 49, were sentenced in Atlanta on Monday to a combined total of 19 years in jail – and they will also serve 16 months of probation each upon their release.
It’s understood that their reality show, as well as a spin off planned to center around their children, has now been canceled.
The Chrisleys were found guilty on criminal bank fraud and tax evasion charges in June 2022, as prosecutors said they took out $30 million in fraudulent bank loans.
Prosecutors said the couple used the money to fund their lifestyle, even before they had become reality stars.
Todd and Julia also used a production company to hide income from the IRS, lawyers argued.
During the dramatic trial, a shocking testimony given by Chrisley’s former employee-turned-lover Mark Braddock revealed that he had a year-long gay affair with the reality star in the early 2000s – while they were both married to their respective wives.
Mark sensationally turned against his ex-lover and business partner on the stand, when he told the jury that he had not only been witness to the Chrisleys’ crimes, but had helped to commit them.
His testimony also saw him confessing not only to his role in the Chrisleys’ years-long fraud, but to his infidelity, which he is said to have kept hidden from his wife for years before revealing it all to the world on the stand.
Mark was granted immunity in return for testifying.
Todd and Julie Chrisley have been sentenced months after they were found guilty in their tax evasion case
The couple’s multimillion dollar home in Brentwood. Their show depicted their seemingly picture-perfect southern lifestyle
Before their sentencing, officials had stated that Todd was facing up to 22 years while Julie could have served up to 13.
They had also both been charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States. Julie was also charged with wire fraud and obstruction of justice.
Throughout their legal troubles, the Chrisleys maintained they had done nothing wrong.
They claimed that someone else had been in charge of their finances, and therefore responsible for any and all crimes committed.
Todd and Julie’s accountant, Peter Tarantino, was also sentenced Monday to 36 months in prison. He was facing up to 41, while his attorneys had asked for just 18.
Tarantino had also been found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and willfully filing false tax returns.
The Chrisleys submitted a false document to a grand jury investigating their crimes and then convinced friends and family members to tell lies while testifying under oath during their trial, prosecutors wrote earlier this year during their trial.
They have been married 26 years and share five children: Lindsie, 32; Kyle, 30; Chase, 25; Savannah, 24; and Grayson, 16.
On their USA Network series Chrisley Knows Best – which premiered in 2014 and lasted for nine seasons – Todd has documented his life as a dedicated father who was focused on raising a family with perfect manners and strong morals.
Cheer star Jerry Harris: Sentenced to 12 years in jail for soliciting sex from minors
Cheer star Jerry Harris was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for crimes relating to child pornography and soliciting sex from minors in July 2022
Harris, pictured on The Ellen Show, pleaded guilty to two of seven counts against him including persuading a 17-year-old to send him sexually explicit photographs for money
Cheer star Jerry Harris was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for crimes relating to child pornography and soliciting sex from minors in July 2022.
The star of hit Netflix series Cheer apologized to his victims and said he was ‘not an evil person’ at the hearing at a federal court in Chicago.
Judge Manish S Shah told the social media star and cheerleading champion to consider the sentence an ‘expression of the seriousness of your crimes, tempered with some hope that all is not lost for you or for your victims, and that in the future some healing can occur’.
Harris had been a fan-favorite after the Netflix show became a hit during the pandemic
Prosecutors had pushed for a lengthy sentence, saying that Harris’ status as a popular celebrity had enabled him to ‘persuade and entice’ his young victims to engage in sexual conduct.
Harris, 23, who had been in custody at a federal detention facility since his arrest in September 2020, appeared in court for the sentence, which lasted around seven hours.
Addressing his victims before receiving his sentence, Harris said: ‘I am deeply sorry for all the trauma my abuse has caused you. I pray deep down that your suffering comes to an end.’
He added: ‘I’m not an evil person. I’m still learning who I am and what my purpose is.’
Notable figures listed as authors of character letters used by his defense included other stars of Cheer such as Navarro college head coach Monica Aldama, teammate Morgan Simianer, and the parents of Jerry’ fellow cheerleader, Gabi Butler.
Harris, who quickly rose to fame in season one of the cheerleading-related show, had entered guilty pleas to two charges – receiving child porn using interstate commerce, and traveling over state lines with intent to illicit sexual conduct with a minor.
The Texas native, who was 19 years old at the time of his arrest, previously pleaded guilty to one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and one count of receiving child pornography.
His pleas were entered during a plea hearing in a US federal court in Chicago in February.
Jerry pleaded guilty to two of seven counts against him including persuading a 17-year-old to send him sexually explicit photographs for money.
The other count stemmed from a trip he took to Florida for the purpose of ‘engaging in illicit sexual conduct’ with a 15-year-old.
The complaint says Harris first contacted the boy on Instagram in 2018 who told him he was only 13. Harris allegedly responded: ‘Oh ok have any pics?’, before adding the photos should be of his face and ‘booty’
Pictured above on the left is a screenshot included in the complaint of several nude photos that he allegedly sent to Harris. Pictured right is a text Harris allegedly sent the boy saying he had ‘found a place for us to do stuff’ at a cheer competition
Prosecutors also alleged at the time that he solicited videos and images from two 14-year-old brothers.
US prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining five counts under a plea agreement
According to the indictment, Harris allegedly solicited sex from minors at cheerleading competitions and convinced teenage boys to send him obscene photographs and videos of themselves.
Harris later admitted to FBI agents to asking a teenage boy to send him photographs of himself, and to requesting child pornography on Snapchat from at least 10 to 15 others he knew to be minors, according to the indictment.
‘Harris’ sexual assault of (one) boy in such a public place, in an unlocked public bathroom, during an event attended by dozens of responsible adults demonstrates that Harris either does not care about being caught committing his offenses, or simply cannot stop himself,’ Assistant US Attorney Christopher Parente wrote of one of Harris’ victims.
A US child pornography charge carries a sentence ranging from five to 20 years and the second charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.
Authorities said Harris coerced minor victims to send him graphic photos and videos of themselves while soliciting sex from boys as young as 13 at cheerleading competitions across the country, according to the Tribune.
In December 2020, Harris was indicted on charges alleging misconduct at such competitions in Illinois, Florida and Texas, with federal prosecutors alleging that Jerry had attempted to persuade a minor to engage in oral sex at one cheerleading event.
Authorities also claim he solicited another minor for sex in a different state, and admitted to having five to 10 victims in all.
Prosecutors had painted him as a major figure within the competitive cheerleading community due to his role on the popular Netflix docuseries, which follows a cheerleading squad from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.
The Naperville native had been behind bars since the fall of 2020, when US Magistrate Judge Heather McShain said he would be a danger to the community if released following an initial charge of one count of production of child porn.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Joe and Teresa Giudice: Sentenced to 15 months and 41 months respectively, for three types of bankruptcy fraud
Teresa Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and her then-husband Joe Giudice to 41 months, for fraud
Teresa was told to report to prison first, while Joe was permitted report to prison after his wife served her sentence so one of them can be with their four children while the other was locked away.
In 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas sentenced Teresa Giudice to 15 months in federal prison and her then-husband Joe Giudice to 41 months, while also ordering both to individually pay $414,588 in restitution.
Nearly a year later, Giudice was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut
The couple were told they would also serve two years of probation upon being released, almost the maximum sentence that could have been handed down after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and three types of bankruptcy fraud.
The couple had filed for bankruptcy in 2009, claiming $11million in debt. They dropped their petitions in 2011, but that bankruptcy filing ultimately led to federal fraud charges against them.
The duo were accused of hiding assets and failing to disclose information about Teresa’s ‘Real Housewives’ salary, their businesses and rental properties.
They admitted hiding the assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitting phony loan applications to get $5million in mortgages and construction loans.
Teresa was told to report to prison on January 5, while Joe was permitted report to prison after his wife served her sentence so one of them can be with their four children while the other was locked away.
Nearly a year later, Giudice was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut and welcomed home by her now ex-husband Joe – along with a waiting reality TV camera crew and a brand new Lexus.
Joe, who was not a U.S. citizen, was ultimately deported to Italy after his release. He and Teresa finalized their divorce in September 2020.
19 Kids and Counting star Josh Dugger: Sentenced to 12.5 years in jail for downloading child porn
Josh Duggar was sentenced to 12 years and seven months behind bars (pictured in his December 2021 booking photo)
Duggar, pictured with his wife Anna, has been in possession of a notorious movie which featured the abuse and torture of an infant
19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was jailed for 12 years and seven months for downloading a vile trove of ‘the sickest of the sickest’ child porn in May 2022.
US District Judge Timothy Brooks handed down the 151-month prison sentence at the Western District of Arkansas Federal Courthouse in Fayetteville at the end of a day-long hearing.
The Duggar family’s life was documented on TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting from 2008 to 2015
Duggar, 34, had been in custody since December when a federal jury found the 19 Kids and Counting alum guilty of possession and receipt of child pornography.
‘The images were some of the worst that this court has ever encountered,’ Judge Brooks told Duggar, as his wife Anna, 34, sat a few yards behind him in the public gallery during Wednesday’s hearing.
The court heard in December how the dad-of-seven used the desktop computer at his car dealership to trawl the dark web for hundreds of warped films and photos.
One notorious movie, ‘Daisy’s Destruction’, featured the abuse and torture of an infant. Another sequence of images depicted a girl being whipped with a cat o’ nine tails, tied up and locked in a dog cage.
‘I can’t get the dog kennel image out of my head. The description of Daisy’s Destruction is horrific, it’s sick,’ the Judge Brooks said during sentencing.
He told Duggar that his crimes were exacerbated by the ‘sadistic’ nature of the abuse, the ages of the kids involved and his refusal to accept his guilt.
The little girl featured in Daisy’s Destruction appeared to be no older than an infant, Judge Brooks added, describing that particular title as the ‘sickest of the sickest’.
The disgraced reality TV star, 34, was found guilty on two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography in December after investigators traced a trove of the disturbing material on his work computer in an evidence photo
This is the HP computer where Duggar secretly scoured the dark web for illegal footage of child sex abuse. On the surface, the desktop looks like a typical computer featuring a wholesome family wallpaper of father-of-seven Duggar, his wife Anna and their kids
Duggar, who wore a grey suit and had a scruffy beard and grown-out buzz cut, was also hit with a longer sentence because of the molestation he subjected his own sisters to when he was a teenager.
‘As the court has found, you have a history of sexual abuse. One of the Jane Does was five-year-old, you were 15,’ Judge Brooks added.
DailyMail.com obtained evidence photos of Duggar’s office at his used car dealership business where he secretly downloaded a sick trove of child porn
‘You [remain] locked into the very same age group as the Jane Does. We can say it’s been a long time, and it has. But the sexual interest is the same.’
Duggar was sentenced solely on a charge of receiving pornography after prosecution and defense attorneys agreed to vacate a lesser offense of possession.
He will remain under supervision for a further 20 years after his release and is not allowed unsupervised access to children – including his own, who range in age from six months to 12.
The pervert was also barred from accessing the internet, banned from viewing adult porn and hit with fines totaling $50,100.
Prosecutors demanded a 20-year term – the maximum possible – arguing that it was hard to think of anything more sadistic that a grown man raping a little girl.
They said Duggar had never sought treatment or shown any acceptance of his warped appetites and thus had a high chance of re-offending.
To illustrate the lasting devastation done to child pornography victims, the government reproduced testimony from the mother of a young girl who had appeared in one of the videos Duggar downloaded.
Duggar’s mom Michelle and Anna had both written letters pleading for leniency, the latter comparing her husband to Ronald Reagan in an effort to stress his work ethic and decency.
Responding, prosecutors said that Duggar’s supportive family and ‘privileged lifestyle’ merely made his crimes ‘all the more baffling’.
They argued that a ‘pattern of activity enhancement’ should be applied to his sentence, citing evidence from Bobye Holt, a family friend who testified about the molestation scandal that engulfed the Duggars in 2015 and led to their TLC show being canceled.
Josh is the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children. He married wife Anna, who was seen supporting her husband every day throughout his trial in December, in 2008
Jurors during the trial heard testimony that Josh and Anna, pictured with six of their seven young children, subscribed to a service in 2013 called Covenant Eyes that monitors adult internet use and would report ‘objectionable material’ to Anna
Holt choked back tears as she revealed how Duggar had confessed at age 15 to groping and penetrating his younger sisters during ‘bible time’ and while they slept.
The defense fought to exclude her testimony but the judge ultimately agreed that it provided important clues about his sinister appetite for minors.
Judge Brooks agreed largely with the prosecution at Wednesday’s sentencing but threw out a claim that Duggar had ‘distributed’ child porn as well as receiving it.
Duggar’s astonishing downfall began on May 14, 2019 when his computer made the first of two ‘digital handshakes’ with Detective Amber Kalmer of the Little Rock Police Department.
Kalmer was using a specialist police program called Torrential Downpour which targets pedophiles by catching them in the act of sharing child pornography files online.
She tipped off Feds who traced the IP address to Wholesale Motorcars and seized Duggar’s office HP desktop, iPhone and MacBook.
When forensic scientists studied the HP they found someone had installed complicated software called a Linux partition which creates a second, independent operating system within the same device.
The partition could only be accessed by rebooting, hitting F9 and entering the password intel1988 – the same password used for Duggar’s internet banking and the Duggar family Instagram and Twitter accounts.
It provided the secret online space where he could search for, download, then delete child pornography, all behind the innocent veneer of a standard work computer with a wholesome wallpaper of his family.
The Linux partition also helped Duggar circumnavigate Covenant Eyes, an ‘accountability’ program installed on his computers and phones to warn his wife if he looked at porn or tried to download peer-to-peer software.
The government retrieved dozens of backed up text messages and images from Duggar’s Apple devices that placed him at the car lot at almost the precise same times that the porn was downloaded and viewed.
Dance Mom star Abby Lee Miller: Sentenced to a one year and a day in prison on 20 counts of fraud
In May 2017, former Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller was sentenced to a year and a day in prison in a Pittsburgh federal courtroom over fraud charges
Prior to sentencing, Miller claimed that the fame and popularity of the show led to her situation
In May 2017, former Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller was sentenced to a year and a day in prison in a Pittsburgh federal courtroom over fraud charges.
The reality television star had been indicted on 20 counts of fraud related to hiding $755,000 in earnings from the U.S. government the year before.
The reality television star had been indicted on 20 counts of fraud related to hiding $755,000 in earnings from the U.S. government the year before
Miller took the stand during her sentencing and begged Judge Joy Flower Conti for mercy while reportedly sobbing in court.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Melucci told the court that Miller went from being a ‘dance mom in the bankruptcy case to dance con.’
Dance Moms is a reality series on the Lifetime network, which follows the early training and careers of children in dance under the guidance of Miller as their dance instructor.
Miller, who has owned and operated the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh since she was aged 14, is scheduled to report to the facility in about a month and a half.
After completing the sentence, she was told that she would be on supervised release for two more years and have to pay $160,000 in fines.
Prior to sentencing, Miller claimed that the fame and popularity of the show led to her situation.
Prosecutors said Miller repeatedly hid her true income and contracts for future income from her TV shows until her channel-surfing bankruptcy judge saw her on TV and concluded she must be making far more than the $8,899 in monthly income she initially declared.
Miller eventually coughed up $288,000 in TV income she didn’t initially report, but then federal investigators found she’d hidden nearly $550,000 more from personal appearances, dance sessions and merchandise sales.
The TLC star filed for bankruptcy after defaulting on a $245,000 Florida condominium mortgage and a $96,000 mortgage on her dance studio in Penn Hills, a Pittsburgh suburb, her bankruptcy lawyer sai
Miller had pleaded guilty in federal court in 2016 having been charged in the fall of 2015 with illegally trying to hide $775,000 in US income from the Lifetime network reality show and spin-off projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
She allegedly hid the money in secret bank accounts between 2012 and 2013.
The Willis Family star Toby Willis: Sentenced to forty years in prison for child rape
Former TLC star Toby Willis pleaded guilty to four counts of child rape and was sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison
Willis, his wife and their 12 children got their first taste of fame when they reached the quarterfinals in season nine in America’s Got Talent in 2014
Former TLC reality star Toby Willis, of the Willis Clan fame, was sentenced to 40 years in2017 after pleading guilty to four counts of child rape.
The Tennessee musician and married father-of-12 was handed two 25-year prison terms on two of the charges, and two 40-year terms on the remaining two. Those sentences are running concurrently, meaning that Willis will spend a total of 40 years behind bars.
Willis has been in the Cheatham County Jail since September 2016, when he was arrested for the rape of a young girl between the ages of 9 and 12 that had occurred 12 years ago.
The investigation into Toby Willis began in August 2016 after a family member reported the rape allegations to police.
Willis was arrested On September 9, 2016, in Greenville, Kentucky, after allegedly trying to flee police in Tennessee. Detectives said he had been hitchhiking through the state to evade them.
During his arraignment in March 2017, Willis denied the four charges of child rape. His guilty pleas eventually came a week before he was scheduled to go to trial.
Willis, his wife and their 12 children got their first taste of fame when they reached the quarterfinals in season nine in America’s Got Talent in 2014.
The Willis Family aired for two seasons on TLC before being canceled in April 2016 due to poor ratings.
Producers said they had conducted extensive background checks on all of the family and were ‘shocked’ by the news.
Following the father’s arrest, network officials removed all reference to the family from its website.
Jersey Shore’s Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino: Sentenced to eight months in jail for tax evasion
In October 2018, Mike Sorrentino, and his brother Marc Sorrentino, were sentenced on charges of tax evasion
Mike, pictured with his partner Lauren Pesce, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty to multiple charges of tax fraud associated with almost $9million in income
In October 2018, Mike Sorrentino, and his brother Marc Sorrentino, were sentenced on charges of tax evasion.
The Sorrentino brothers were sentenced after having pleaded guilty in January to multiple charges of tax fraud associated with almost $9million in income.
Mike’s Jersey Shore cast mates were in the Newark, New Jersey, court while the judge handed down an eight-month prison sentence for the popular reality star.
He apologized to the court during brief remarks and said he had overcome substance abuse.
Marc Sorrentino, meanwhile, was sentenced to two years in prison by the judge.
The Sorrentinos were arrested over the tax offenses in 2014.
The Situation’s lawyers had asked for probation after he pleaded guilty, while prosecutors had been hoping for a 14 months sentence, the Associated Press reported.
In January, Mike admitted that he had hidden his income in 2011 by making cash deposits that came in under the amount that usually triggered bank federal reporting requirements. His attorney said that he had had only a small role in the supposed tax cheating scheme.
Marc pleaded guilty to one count of assisting in the preparation of a false return.
Mike’s lawyers had previously argued that the reality star was being treated too harshly because of his celebrity status and that he he should be awarded a measure of leniency due to having overcome his substance addiction since being arrested.
Prosecutors said that in giving Mike prison time, it would show that ‘tax fraud will be met with real punishment.’
Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Apollo Nida: Sentenced to eight years in prison for mail, wire and bank fraud
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for charges of mail, wire and bank fraud in 2014
The Bravo star’s then wife Phaedra Parks is reported to not have attended the sentencing hearing
In July 2014, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for charges of mail, wire and bank fraud.
The Bravo star’s then wife Phaedra Parks is reported to not have attended the sentencing hearing, while his mother and brother were present in the US District Court in Georgia.
Nida initially faced up to 30 years in prison for identity theft and money laundering totalling up to $2.3milion but he got lighter sentencing due to ‘voluntary surrender’.
Judge Charles Pannell presided over the case that included identity theft and money laundering.
According to various reports, Nida used the identities he stole from more than 50 people to set up bank accounts in which to launder the money, cashing US Treasury cheques as well as cheques from the Delta Airlines pension fund and fraudulent US income tax returns.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Assistant US Attorney Alana Black detailed the father-of-two’s scheme to Judge Pannell, explaining how he set up a fake debt collection agency in order to gain personal information of the people whose IDs he stole.
He then reportedly found unclaimed funds and refunds from the US Department Of Housing and Urban Development and syphoned them into the new bank accounts, which co-conspirator Gayla St Julien reportedly set up and deposited.
A fake auto dealership was also established in which Nida set up loans for non-existent vehicles.
After his release in 2019, Nida has landed himself in jail again after violating his parole while serving out his sentence at a halfway house.
The star was placed into a halfway house in Philadelphia when he broke a ‘technical requirement pertaining to the rules of his release’ after just a few days.
It meant he then had to finish out his original sentence until October 15, 2019.
The reality stars who are still waiting to find out their fate:
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Jen Shah: Plead guilty to committing wire fraud
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Jen Shah star has pleaded guilty to the federal charges she is accused of, and is facing a maximum of 14 years in prison
The Housewives star pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, with the US attorney dropping her second count of conspiracy to commit money laundering (pictured in the Bravo series)
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Jen Shah pleaded guilty to federal charges of organizing a $5million telemarketing scam which preyed on hundreds of elderly people in July 2022.
The star, 48, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, with the US attorney dropping her second count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Shah flaunted her wealth on the Bravo show, as well as regularly fighting with other members of the cast
Shah’s assistant Stuart Smith previously admitted his part in the same scam, and had been due to testify against his former employer, until she made her guilty plea.
The US attorney’s office says Shah faces the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, but NBC Connecticut reports that a plea deal will actually see her serve a maximum of 14 years.
As part of her guilty plea, the reality star also agreed to forfeit $6.5 million and to pay restitution up to $9.5 million.
Addressing the court, the reality star said that she ‘knew it was wrong’ and that she was ‘so sorry’ for the ‘many people’ who were harmed.
Shah admitted that she ‘agreed with others to commit with wire fraud’ and ‘knew it misled’ victims, over 10 of whom were over the age of 55.
Shah added there was a ‘misrepresentation of the product… regarding value of the service,’ noting it ‘had little to no value.’
Priya Chaudhry, representing Shah told DailyMail.com: ‘Ms. Shah is a good woman who crossed a line. She accepts full responsibility for her actions and deeply apologizes to all who have been harmed.
‘Ms. Shah is also sorry for disappointing her husband, children, family, friends, and supporters. Jen pled guilty because she wants to pay her debt to society and put this ordeal behind her and her family.’
Shah shamelessly flaunted her wealth on the Bravo show, gifting her co-stars diamond necklaces and hosting lavish parties in their honor.
She was never without a designer outfit or handbag, and boasted about the size of her walk-in closets. Shah has been on the Salt Lake City franchise of the show since its premiere.
Bravo cameras caught the moment Jen Shah fled the set of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City as authorities searched for her
While in court in July, Shah agreed not appeal her sentence if she received ‘168 months in prison or fewer’, which amounts to 14 years and to ‘forfeit $6 million and restitution of $9 million’
The judge in Jen Shah’s federal fraud case agreed to a request from a United States attorney to postpone her sentencing and push it back from November 18 to December 15, 2022
Her storyline originally centered around her converting to Islam for her football-coach husband, and facing racism in the largely white, Mormon community in Utah.
Her extreme spending and extreme fighting with castmates quickly became focal points of the popular reality show, but they were quickly overshadowed by her legal woes.
Shah was dramatically arrested during filming in March 2021 along with assistant Stuart Smith on suspicion of the federal offences.
Her arrest was caught on camera by Bravo, with the star begging them to ‘turn off’ the cameras after she suddenly abandoned filming – claiming there was an emergency with her husband Sharrieff Shah.
Shah is accused of defrauding hundreds of elderly people across the country in a wide-spread telemarketing scheme.
She was charged in March 2021, along with her assistant Stuart Smith who has also pleaded guilty.
The Bravo star initially pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiring to commit wire fraud and conspiring to commit money laundering through telemarketing.
She used and directed others to use encrypted messaging applications to communicate with other Participants and made numerous cash withdrawals structured to avoid currency transaction reporting requirements.
In October 2022, the judge overseeing the trial approved a request by United States attorney Damian Williams and postponed The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City star’s sentencing, according to Page Six.
Citing a ‘scheduling conflict on the part of several members of the Government team’ in a letter, the sentencing phase for Shah was moved from November 18, 2022 to December 15, 2022 by Judge Sidney H. Stein.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Tom Girardi and Erika Jayne: Accused of fraud and embezzlement
Bravo stars Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi were both accused of stealing $2 million in settlement funds from families of Lion Air Flight 610 crash victims
Girardi has claimed that he believes estranged wife did know about his embezzlement scandal despite her previously denying any wrongdoing
However, an LA Judge Richard Fruin ruled there was no evidence the 51-year-old reality star had ‘actual knowledge’ of ‘wrongdoing’ by the 83-year-old disbarred lawyer
RHOBH stars Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi were both accused of stealing $2 million in settlement funds from families of Lion Air Flight 610 crash victims.
Girardi, who’s a former attorney, was also accused of mismanaging several other clients’ finances.
The lawsuit against the former spouses was filed in December 2020, one month after Jayne filed for divorce from Tom after 20 years of marriage.
Girardi has been in a conservatorship since last year and cannot answer for himself. His former law firm, Girardi & Keese, filed for bankruptcy in 2020 and he was disbarred last year.
He had his license to practice law revoked in March 2021 after the Los Angeles Times reported that he had been sued more than 100 times and had been the subject of numerous bar complaints alleging financial malfeasance involving millions of dollars owed to clients, including female cancer victims and a burn victim.
Girardi has claimed that he believes estranged wife did know about his embezzlement scandal despite her previously denying any wrongdoing.
In January 2002, Jayne was officially dismissed from her estranged husband Girardi’s fraud and embezzlement lawsuit.
Court documents obtained by Us Weekly said, ‘Pursuant to stipulation, plaintiff’s claims against defendants EJ Global LLC and Erika Girardi are dismissed without prejudice and without costs.’
In August 2022, the Bravo star scored a major win in the $5M fraud lawsuit filed by two ex-colleagues – Philip R. Sheldon and Robert P. Finn – of her estranged second husband Thomas Girardi.
Erika’s attorney Evan C. Borges told Page Six on Wednesday that LA Judge Richard Fruin ruled there was no evidence the 51-year-old reality star had ‘actual knowledge’ of ‘wrongdoing’ by the 83-year-old disbarred lawyer.
Therefore, Jayne (born Chahoy) could not ‘aid and abet’ him in allegedly embezzling the $2M settlement meant for the families of the victims of the fatal 2018 Lion Air plane crash.
The judge ruled that the evidence of Erika’s ‘lavish and extravagant’ lifestyle ‘funded by the spouses’ community property is not evidence of the ‘actual knowledge’ any breach of fiduciary duty’ as attorneys ‘do not owe fiduciary duties to their co-counsel.’