REAL Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah was slammed by fans as "disgusting" after her cousin promoted a GoFundMe page to help with the Bravo star's legal fees.
Back in March, Jen was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a "telemarketing scheme" and is facing 30 YEARS in prison.
On Sunday night, Danny Filipe shared on his Instagram page a GoFundMe titled Justice For Jen Shah.
The campaign aimed to raise $2.5 million to cover the Bravo star's legal fees as she is set to appear in court in October after she allegedly scammed elderly customers into paying her thousands of dollars.
The page claimed that more than 10,000 people in the United States are "falsely accused and wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not convict."
"On March 30, lawyers from the Southern District of New York brought extremely serious allegations against my cousin. On April 2, Jen proclaimed her innocence by entering a plea of 'not guilty,' and hired an experienced team of New York lawyers that have begun aggressively defending her and fighting the government’s case."
The description continued: "We are asking 10,000 caring souls to donate $250.
"Jen is facing decades incarcerated in prison separated from her family if she is unable to mount a competent and well-thought-out defense.
"Jen needs $2.5 million dollars because:1) there are over 1 million documents in this case that must be immediately reviewed and analyzed by Jen’s lawyers before her case goes to trial in October 2021; 2) the Southern District of New York is the most expensive jurisdiction in the country to defend a lawsuit, and to hire competent legal counsel; 3) Jen has to have the economic wherewithal to fight the government’s lawyers, who have an open checkbook and can spend millions of dollars prosecuting this case; and 4) by defending this case and going to trial, Jen’s family has and will continue to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs, which includes hiring investigators to interview potential witnesses, hiring experts in various fields (economists, accountants, jury consultants, forensic computer and data analysts, etc.) and paying for hundreds of hours of legal research, trial exhibits and witness binders, etc."
The star's cousin claimed that "in seven weeks, Jen and her family have spent over $138,000 in legal fees and costs."
As of the time of publication of this article, an anonymous donation had been made for $250.
However, despite the cousin's good intentions, fans were not having it as they slammed the Shah family for setting up the page when Jen continuously flaunts her wealth on social media and on the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.
One fan wrote in the Instagram comments: "This is absolutely disgusting and I have reported it to GoFundMe. I hope others have to. Clearly people know better you have received a single donation. You should all be ashamed of yourselves, but then again, she stole money from the elderly so."
Another spectator simply wrote: "This is nuts."
A third one commented: "You've gotta be kidding me."
A fourth one alluded to her designer clothes and said: "Looks like Jen needs to set up a Poshmark page and unload all that designer s**t she has."
Another one slammed them as having "zero shame," adding: "Speechless."
And a last one claimed: "Omg the girl can afford six assistants and a glam squad! Send her to a financial counselor if she can't find the money to pay for her legal fees."
Back in March, Jen was arrested just as the Bravo cameras filmed the cast's trip to Colorado.
An insider close to the star claimed: “Cameras were rolling but it was so chaotic, I’m not sure exactly what was captured."
While the source said producer "definitely got some footage," it's unclear exactly what was captured.
“The cast was getting ready for a group trip to Colorado,” the insider spilled exclusively to The Sun.
The informant continued: “Jen was so excited, of course she wanted to go full glam so she went and got braids done specifically for the trip.
“Literally out of nowhere after getting a phone call, she seemed panicked and had to leave due to what she said was an urgent emergency with her husband Sharrieff.
“Maybe a few minutes later, cops came in looking for Jen but she was gone. They said they were federal law enforcement.”
The source claimed that when officials found Jen, she was “arrested on the spot” and appeared to be “devastated and mortified.”
Police also arrested her assistant, Stuart Smith, and they charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
When the arrest was made, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a press release obtained by The Sun: "Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful business person on 'reality' television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah's 'first assistant,' allegedly generated and sold 'lead lists' of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam.
"In actual reality and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators were just fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ money.
"Now, these defendants face time in prison for their alleged crimes."
They could potentially face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.
Following her being released without bond, Jen has been banned from excessive drinking and using drugs, she can't use her credit cards, take out excessive amounts of money, and can't travel outside of Utah until her October hearing.
A month after her arrest, Bravo cameras resumed filming and it was said that Jen will continue to appear on the show as she deals with her legal issues in front of the cameras.
Since then, Jen has started a Cameo account where she is charging fans $100 per video and has been forced out of her magnificent – and rented – mansion as the owners are set to sell it.
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