- “Actual Housewives” star Jen Shah was charged with working a telemarketing fraud scheme.
- However Shah is much from the primary “Actual Housewives” star to face authorized troubles.
- Teresa Giudice served a federal-prison sentence, and different stars have had drinking-related arrests.
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“The Actual Housewives of Salt Lake Metropolis” star Jen Shah, who was arrested Tuesday on charges of running a nine-year-long telemarketing fraud scheme, has turn out to be the most recent in an extended line of “Actual Housewives” stars to have their authorized points aired within the highlight.
Shah, who described her 20-year profession in “direct response advertising and marketing” on the primary a part of the present’s first-season reunion particular, is the risky middle of the present’s social circle.
Along with collaborating within the tense group meals and sequin-covered shouting matches that make up the franchise’s customary choices, she is commonly filmed working her enterprise “empire,” with the assistance of a number of assistants she referred to as the “Shah Squad.” Stuart Smith, who seems on the present as her “first assistant,” was arrested alongside Shah on Tuesday (possibly during filming, in response to a Selection report).
Audrey Strauss, the US Lawyer for the Southern District of New York, alleged that Shah and Stuart have been truly working a telemarketing fraud scheme.
“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a rich and profitable businessperson on ‘actuality’ tv, and Stuart Smith, who’s portrayed as Shah’s ‘first assistant,’ allegedly generated and offered ‘lead lists’ of harmless people for different members of their scheme to repeatedly rip-off,” Strauss mentioned in a statement released by the Department of Justice on Tuesday.
“In precise actuality and as alleged, the so-called enterprise alternatives pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators have been simply fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ cash,” the assertion continued. “Now, these defendants face time in jail for his or her alleged crimes.”
Shah pleaded not guilty to the costs of fraud and conspiracy at a court docket listening to on Friday, Insider’s Kelly McLaughlin beforehand reported. The listening to had been rescheduled to Friday after an earlier convention on Wednesday was canceled when “Actual Housewives” followers flooded the decision.
Whereas Shah’s arrest despatched shockwaves by means of the “Actual Housewives” fanbase, she is not the one member of the ever-growing franchise to have their authorized troubles aired within the press — or the primary to be arrested.
Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice
The table-flipping “Actual Housewives of New Jersey” star and her ex-husband Joe Giudice every served consecutive sentences in federal prison after pleading responsible to costs of chapter fraud and tax evasion.
The “very wealthy” former “Actual Housewives of Atlanta” star needed to dig deep into her purse after she was slapped with a gigantic tax lien by the IRS in 2016. She used her signature sarcasm to speak concerning the state of affairs on social media along with her followers, jokingly asking her followers to “please start a Go Fund Me.”
However Leakes is not the one “Actual Housewives” star to face tax points. “The Actual Housewives of Potomac” star Robyn Dixon opened up about her tax problems within the October 11, 2020 episode of the present after co-star Candiace Dillard Bassett referenced weblog stories that Dixon owed $90,000 in back-taxes.
Dixon explained that she’s “a very unhealthy accountant” and “received hit for some unreported revenue I had forgotten about.”
Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard Bassett
A forged outing turned barnyard brawl led to the 2 “Actual Housewives of Potomac” stars filing assault charges against one another. The complaints have been finally dismissed.
Samuels told Insider again in January that she selected to depart the present after the brawl and after castmembers plotted towards her household, spreading a rumor that she had cheated on her husband of 9 years.
“I am a girl of my phrase. I’ve at all times mentioned that if the present ever interfered with my household or my marriage that I’d undoubtedly get to packing,” the fact star mentioned.
Dorit and PK Kemsley
“The Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars faced a series of lawsuits that they claimed they could not go into element about on the present. Their reluctance to spill about their conditions was met with cattiness from a few of their fellow forged members.
Nonetheless, E! News reported in 2019 that in response to a supply PK settled lawsuits with Ryan Horne, who claimed he was by no means paid for serving to to begin Dorit’s swimwear firm, Beverly Seashore, and Nicos Kirzis, who claimed he lent cash to PK and was by no means paid again.
“These issues, which have been by no means as regarding to the Kemsleys as they have been made to seem, have now been resolved,” lawyer Matthew Tempo advised E! Information.
The previous “Actual Housewives of Atlanta” star filed a defamation of character suit towards creator Angela Stanton after Stanton wrote a guide, “Lies Of A Actual Housewife,” that alleged Parks was a liar and legal. The swimsuit — and a counter-suit filed by Stanton — have been dropped in 2016.
Parks’ ex-husband Apollo Nida was charged with bank fraud and identity theft and reported to jail in 2014. The state of affairs led to a season filled with uncomfortable questions for the lawyer, mannequin, and mortician.
Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak
“The Actual Housewives of Atlanta” stars had a legal dispute over proceeds from Zolciak’s monitor “Tardy for the Get together,” which was written and produced by Burruss.
Burruss, represented by fellow “RHOA” star Parks, filed a swimsuit in March 2013 alleging copyright infringement, but it surely was dismissed later that year.
Individuals reported in 2018 that Singer was sued by a former employee, who alleged that she was overworked, underpaid, and mistreated by Singer. The previous worker additionally alleged in her lawsuit that Singer advised her to return articles of clothes after submitting the receipts to Bravo for reimbursement, in response to Individuals.
When reached for remark concerning the reported lawsuit, Singer told Page Six on the time: “I’ve no information of any lawsuit. Her firm did some work for my firm. The connection ended and her firm was paid in full for his or her companies.”
It is unclear whether or not the swimsuit is ongoing or if it was resolved. Insider reached out to a consultant for Singer, however did not instantly hear again.
Luann de Lesseps
Lesseps confronted charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, disorderly intoxication and corruption by menace in 2017. A 12 months later, she struck a plea deal and averted jail time.
The incident prompted “The Actual Housewives of New York” star to enter restoration and share her experiences preventing habit with the world.
She was individually at the center of a family lawsuit involving allegations that she breached the phrases of her divorce settlement and stole from her grownup youngsters; that swimsuit was dropped in 2019.
The previous “Actual Housewives of Atlanta” star was seen heading to court to settle a child support matter along with her ex Bob Whitfield within the eighth episode of the present’s fourth season, the place she was quickly represented in her case by Parks.
She was additionally sued by her previous law firm Weinstock & Scavo, which represented her throughout her earlier divorce, for nonpayment of charges. Whitfield claimed she was being overcharged, however a choose ordered her to pay.
The husband of “Actual Housewives of Potomac” star Ashley Darby was publicly accused of assaulting a cameraman on the hit present. Expenses have been later dismissed, in response to The Washington Post.
Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi
“Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne is at present within the midst of a divorce that has been referred to as a “sham” by plaintiffs in a lawsuit towards her husband Tom Girardi.
Girardi, a famed lawyer who settled the case on which “Erin Brockovich” is predicated, was positioned in contempt of court docket by a US District Judge when he failed to offer ample details about why he and his regulation agency couldn’t pay out settlement funds owed to the households of airplane crash victims.
Stephanie Clifford lately reported for Insider that other lawyers Girardi worked with previously “now suspect him of getting run a Ponzi scheme — taking cash earmarked for shoppers and utilizing it for his personal extravagances and to repay different shoppers ready for funds.”
Jayne herself has additionally been named in not less than 5 lawsuits towards Girardi and “downsized” from a $15 million mansion to a extra modest $1.5 million house amid their authorized troubles.
Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd
Vanderpump and her husband have been named in a number of lawsuits, largely concerning their famed Los Angeles eating places.
One class-action swimsuit filed by former workers in July 2020 alleged that the couple broke several California labor laws, together with failure to pay workers additional time wages.
Two of their eating places, Pump and the now-closed Villa Blanca, have been sued by a Los Angeles produce supplier for nonpayment of delivered items.
“Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kim Richards was arrested in April 2015 on costs of trespassing and resisting arrest on the Beverly Hills Resort the place Richards reportedly confirmed “goal signs of alcohol intoxication” after which refused to return out of the lavatory, the Los Angeles Instances reported.
Richards was later sentenced to a few years’ probation, 30 days of group labor, and 52 Alcoholics Nameless conferences.
The previous baby actress was additionally arrested for shoplifting at a Goal in 2015. After placing a plea deal in October, she obtained an identical sentence, according to E! News, of three years’ probation, 300 hours of group service, and 52 Alcoholics Nameless conferences.
“The Actual Housewives of New York” star settled a $100 million lawsuit along with her former administration firm after they tried to assert a portion of her Skinnygirl low-calorie cocktail empire in 2012. The phrases of the settlement weren’t made public.
Morgan filed for bankruptcy in 2010 after her manufacturing firm encountered monetary troubles as a consequence of a venture that includes John Travolta fell aside, the Wall Avenue Journal reported.
The fact star was individually apprehended by police for being suspected of driving beneath the affect in Southampton in June 2010 and charged with a DWI, in response to the New York Each day Information.
“Actual Housewives of Orange County” star Vicki Gunvalson filed a lawsuit towards the Bravo present’s manufacturing firm and her co-star Kelly Dodd after Dodd referred to as her a con artist in entrance of Bravo cameras. The swimsuit was finally withdrawn.