Jailed Jen Shah owes $124,000 in unpaid legal fees and expenses, her former legal team revealed in a bombshell filing on Thursday.
The 49-year-old star of The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City is currently serving a 5.5 year prison sentence for a telemarketing scheme that preyed on the elderly and vulnerable. The original 6.5 year sentence was reduced by a year last month.
Lawyer Priya Chaudhry of New York-based film Chaudhry Law PLLC told Judge Sidney Stein that Shah owes $50,000 in unpaid fees and $74,422.95 in unpaid expenses – totaling $124,422.95.
The filing comes less than two weeks after Chaudhry Law filed a motion to withdraw as counsel for Shah due to her unpaid bills.
Last month it was reported that she is going to be released from prison a year earlier than expected.
Jailed Jen Shah owes $124,000 in unpaid legal fees and expenses, her former legal team revealed in a bombshell filing on Thursday
Page Six reported her prison sentence has been reduced by one year, with her release date now set for August 30, 2028.
A rep for Shah told People in a statement that the Bravolebrity remains ‘committed’ towards making amends with her victims and hopes to return home ‘as soon as possible.’
‘I have spoken with my client Jen Shah over the phone this week — she is doing well and remains committed towards making her victims whole,’ Shah’s rep said.
‘She has initiated her payments towards restitution, and we hope to have her home as soon as possible so that she may resume life with her family and work, putting this chapter of her life behind her.’
Shah, one of the most bombastic characters on the Bravo show, was locked up last month after eventually admitting to a years-long telemarketing scam that preyed on the elderly and vulnerable.
Her surrender to prison on February 17 came after she pleaded guilty to fraud last year – despite previously protesting her innocence for months both on-air and on social media.
She was sentenced to over six years in prison after admitting to orchestrating a telemarketing scheme that targeted susceptible elderly and vulnerable individuals.
Shah duped her victims into buying fake business mentoring, before they found themselves in unrelenting subscription payments they couldn’t get out of.
Sentence reduced: The 49-year-old star of The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City is currently serving a 5.5 year prison sentence for a telemarketing scheme that preyed on the elderly and vulnerable. The original 6.5 year sentence was reduced by a year last month; pictured January
Legal woes: Lawyer Priya Chaudhry of New York-based film Chaudhry Law PLLC told Judge Sidney Stein that Shah owes $50,000 in unpaid fees and $74,422.95 in unpaid expenses – totaling $124,422.95
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.
But after being imprisoned for the con, Shah took to Instagram to apologize for her crime.
‘I am surrendering to serve a sentence in federal prison today,’ she wrote.
‘It is the price I must pay for the bad decisions I made. People got hurt because of my decisions.
‘While incarcerated, I will work to make amends and reconcile with the victims of my crime.
‘In time, I pray that people will judge me for the way I responded to this sentence, rather than only for the decisions that led me to prison.’
Earlier this month, Shah’s husband Sharrieff ‘Coach’ Shah read correspondence she had sent from behind bars, where she detailed suffering a panic attack on the way to Bryan Federal Prison Camp, Texas.
‘I could not breathe and my hands went numb,’ she wrote. ‘I knew I was having an anxiety attack.’
Writing about her emotions on her way to prison, the TV personality said she became overwhelmed with emotion while driving to surrender herself alongside her husband.
‘I made Coach pull over because our reception was poor while driving and I was not able to Facetime my oldest baby,’ she continued.
‘We finally connected, I saw his face, and I cried so hard until he reassured me that it would be okay.
‘I didn’t think I’d make it through today. It felt surreal as we drove to Bryan FPC just minutes away from having to surrender.
‘My worst fear and the unimaginable was about to happen – having to say goodbye to my sweet husband and precious baby Omar (he’ll always be my baby even though he’s a senior in HS).’
Shah has been keeping herself busy behind bars as she is currently working on a stage play inspired by the Real Housewives alongside her fellow inmates.
Shah has been developing a theater piece at her Federal Prison Camp in Bryan, Texas according to TMZ on Thursday morning.
The reality star’s manager Chris Giovanni told the publication that she is working on a production titled The Real Housewives Of Bryan.
Shah’s manager says it is still in the early phases as she is taking time to teach some of her squad how to read and write.
Giovanni told TMZ that the script revolves around the real-life housewives residing at the prison with their personalities turned up a notch.
Keeping busy: Shah has been keeping herself busy behind bars as she is currently working on a stage play inspired by the Real Housewives alongside her fellow inmates; she is pictured leaving court back in January
Apologizing: But after being imprisoned for the con, Shah took to Instagram to apologize for her crime
Shah certainly seems to be making the most of prison as she is said to be making strong friendships and even mentoring other prisoners while keeping the morale up during their sentences.
The manager said that she has been working with the prison’s educational department and library since first being incarcerated nearly two months ago.
She has also been focusing on her health as she has lost 15 pounds by working out daily as Giovanni said she is not a fan of the food.
The manager also said that Shah has maintained her faith by fasting and praying daily during Ramadan.