Shah, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud back in July, appeared before the U.S. District Court Judge Sidney Stein on Friday, Jan. 6th. During the sentencing hearing, the government had requested 10 years in prison, while Shah’s lawyers sought a three-year term.
What was Jen Shah’s prison sentence?
A probation report had encouraged Stein to sentence Shah to 72 months in prison, but Stein ended up going with a slightly heavier sentence of 78 months (six-and-a-half years).
“People should not confuse the character she played on an entertainment show with the person I have before me,” Stein said at the beginning of the hearing. “The other is acting and this is reality.”
Shah’s defense lawyer Priya Chaudhry acknowledged the pain and distress she caused the victims.
“Every day since she has plead guilty, she has read names and prayed for the forgiveness but she cannot forgive herself,” Chaudhry urged. “She understands she cannot undo these things and the things she has caused their families but she does acknowledge today is about justice.”
Chaudhry went on to add that Shah has already been paying a heavy price with her time on reality TV. “People have watched her ruin her life and ruin the lives of other families and the punishment is very personal and real.”
Prosecutor Robert Sobelman, on the other hand, had his mind on Shah’s alleged telemarketing scheme, which targeted vulnerable people in the U.S, saying that Shah was “committing crimes day in and day out.”
“Shah worked hard to make as much money for herself at the expense of vulnerable people,” Sobelman continued. “Every cooperating witness said the person with the most power was Jen Shah.”
As a result, the RHOSLC star was sentenced to 78 months in prison, and once she gets out, she’ll also be subject to five years of supervised release.
What will Jen Shah do after prison?
After her six-and-a-half-year prison sentence, Jen Shah will reportedly enter a mental health treatment program, according to Page Six.
The outlet obtained documents that show that the RHOSLC star will be under supervised release for five years after her time behind bars, which is when she’ll take part in the treatment program. Shah’s probation officer will have to approve of the mental health program she chooses.
The documents also detail that Shah will have to continue to take her prescribed medication after her time in prison, unless a doctor decides otherwise. Additionally, Shah will be tested for drugs 15 days after her release and “at least” two other times afterward.
As part of her sentence, Shah will have to make payments toward her restitution, which must be 15 per cent of her total income.
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