She has legal baggage.
“Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah appeared Tuesday in Manhattan federal court for a final pretrial hearing before her upcoming criminal trial — carrying what appears to be a red Gucci handbag that retails for more than $2,000.
At the hearing, prosecutors revealed her longtime assistant, who pleaded guilty to the telemarketing scheme in November 2021, would testify against the flashy reality TV star.
Judge Sidney Stein also set a hearing date for July 18, saying the case would take about five weeks in federal court in Manhattan.
In addition to the $2,500 red designer handbag, Shah, 48, carried a plaid black suit and a second, smaller Louis Vuitton bag valued at over $3,600.
Her husband, Sharrieff Shah, accompanied the embattled reality star to the courtroom where she will be tried by a 16-person jury after the case.
Shah faces charges as the leader of an alleged telemarketing scam that preyed on older working-class Americans, encouraging them to invest in fake online ventures and selling fake business services from 2012, according to indictment documents against her.
“At no point did the defendants intend that the victims would actually earn the promised return on their intended investment, nor did the victims actually deserve such a return,” the indictment, which was unsealed in March 2021, reads.
Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York have argued that Shah and her co-defendants were motivated by greed to steal money from hundreds of victims while flaunting an extravagant lifestyle.
Shah has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/05/real-housewives-of-salt-lake-city-star-jen-shah-rocks-designer-handbag-at-court/ ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ star Jen Shah rocks designer handbag in court