Convicted Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes “connected” and “befriended” fellow inmate Jen Shah, a representative of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City alum. People.
Holmes began serving her 11-year sentence for fraud in May at the federal prison in Bryan, Texas – where Shah had already been cooling off her high heels for three months following her own fraud conviction.
“They are friends. They are both on the road to rehabilitation and have come together through their shared journey toward positive change,” talent manager Chris Giovanni told the outlet.
“Their situations have brought them together and they understand each other well. They get through it together.”
Shah, 49, has reportedly taken on a motherly role in the minimum-security women’s prison to Holmes, 39, who has two young children.
“Jen gave her a lot of advice. She even met and held Elizabeth’s baby,” Giovanni told People, noting that the reality TV star is “very affectionate” with Holmes and their three-month-old daughter, whom Holmes shares with her husband, hotel heir Billy Evans ” has been.
The couple, who married in 2019 and lived together in a $13,000-a-month California estate, also have a one-year-old son.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons websiteFamilies are allowed to visit inmates on weekends and holidays, and children under 10 are allowed to sit on their parents’ laps.
Holmes also regularly attends fitness classes led by Shah called Sha-mazing Abs, Giovanni told People.
“Jen gets all the ladies together and they get behind her while she teaches them fitness exercises, and Elizabeth was right there,” the guy said.
Giovanni did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
According to the news site, Shah spent the rest of the day tutoring other inmates looking to earn a GED — a far cry from her sexed-up days on “RHOSLC,” where she was known for her over-the-top personality and sharp tongue.
However, “Jen is nothing like she was portrayed on the show. She’s so peaceful now,” Giovanni told People. “She’s still funny and has her one-liners, but it’s her completed anger management courses and is much more grounded.”
Giovanni said Holmes and Shah had “changed a lot behind bars” and even noted that Shah was “ready for a reunion” and looked “phenomenal.”
But at FPC Bryan, the days are less glamorous than Shah’s time on TV, when she bragged about spending $50,000 a month to afford her lavish lifestyle.
Inmates at the Texas prison are reportedly woken up at 6 a.m. every day and ordered to wear a prison-issued khaki uniform.
Inmates are required to work in restaurants or factories, earning between 12 cents and $1.15 an hour. Inmates must return to their dorms at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for head counts. The cells close for the night at 8:00 p.m
According to a former inmate and official records, the prison has used male guards to conduct “shower checks” and has faced a half-dozen allegations of sexual misconduct in the past year, The Post previously reported.
Holmes, now known as Federal Inmate 24965-111, was initially sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison in Texas for defrauding doctors and patients into using her company’s blood testing services even though she knew Theranos was not in the business was able to provide accurate results.
She was convicted of four counts of wire fraud and defrauding investors of more than $700 million using trumped-up claims.
Her sentence has since been reduced by two years.
According to Holmes’ inmate information at the Bureau of Prisons websiteHolmes will now be released on November 29, 2032 – nine years and nearly six months after she checked into FPC Bryan on May 30.
Shah — federal inmate 37357-509 — meanwhile, is scheduled to be released on July 1, 2028, after being convicted of defrauding hundreds of victims — many of them working-class seniors — in a nationwide telemarketing scheme that failed in March 2021.
Along with her long-time assistant Stuart Smith, from 2012 until last year, Shah duped investors – most of them over 55 – into investing in dubious online ventures and sold fake business services.
After a two-year court saga, Shah surrendered to FPC Bryan in February – three months before an emotional Holmes showed up to begin her sentence.
Shah will be on supervised release for five years upon her release.
She was also ordered to pay more than $9 million in restitution and forfeiture of $6,500,000, representing “proceeds attributable to the commission of the offense.”