Jennifer Shah, a cast member of"The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" who is whined about spending $50,000 a month, pleaded not guilty on Friday to criminal charges which indicated her lavish life was financed through fraud.
Federal prosecutors said Shah and Smith signify the"highest degree of this plot" and started founding shell businesses from 2017 to launder proceeds. 1 such firm, Mastery Guru Group, comprised $5 million, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Kiersten Fletcher.
Shah and Smith appeared via video conference in front of a federal judge in Manhattan, in which the fees came.
Judge Sidney Stein requested.
"Not guilty," Shah responded.
"Not guilty," Shah responded .
Fletcher stated Shah hasn't been forthcoming regarding her resources and requested that she sign a $1 million personal recognizance bond procured by $250,000 money or land and 2 co-signers. The judge concurred.
Shah's bond bundle also limited her trades to figures under $5,000. In addition, she can't accept charge card fees for anything aside from her beauty, lashes and fashion companies that are unrelated to this alleged telemarketing fraud.
The defense insisted Shah isn't a flight risk.
"She's clearly well-known," defense lawyer Henry Asbill said. "We do not think she has a passport that is current and will not use for one, however, we do not believe she could flee everywhere and not be understood."
In the beginning the judge seemed to concur.
"Ms. Shah, I have come to understand, is a player in a favorite television series," Stein explained. "Her picture is lively on social networking. I have to say it is unlikely she could evaporate somewhere rather than be found."
However, the judge reasoned Shah is a possible flight risk and restricted her traveling. She is also not permitted to have some contact co-defendants or have anything related to telemarketing.