Jen Shah’s Husband Begs for Leniency Ahead of ‘RHOSLC’ Star’s Fraud Sentencing

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Jen Shah’s husband, Sharrieff Shah Sr., is begging a judge to show leniency to his wife as the reality star faces a potential 14 years behind bars. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star will be sentenced on January 6 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in July.

In addition to prison time, Jen was ordered to pay restitution of up to $9.5 million. 

Jen Shah

In a letter, the college football coach states that the 49-year-old has “genuine remorse” for her actions.

Jen has never been arrested or detained for any crime. My wife’s current legal predicament was caused by a confluence of events that came together at various points, which caused her to spiral out of control,” the letter reads.

Sharrieff, 51, said that the couple’s strained relationship led to his wife making “catastrophically bad business decisions and develop relationships with awful people.”

Jen Shah

Jen’s husband blamed himself for his wife’s poor decisions, as he was often absent due to a demanding travel schedule.

“Because of my absence, I was not able to see how badly my wife was suffering,” he wrote. “As I think about it now, I saw her spending more time in our bedroom alone. She often fell asleep in out children’s bed waiting for me to come home. She would constantly tell me that she feels so alone.”

Jen Shah

The former lawyer also shared that his wife lost three family members during the time period she was operating the $5 million telemarketing scheme, her father, grandmother, and grandfather. Sharrieff added that his wife already “took the first huge step in making things right by acknowledging her own guilt and accountability.” 

The letter comes only days after the Bravo star requested a reduced prison sentence of only three years. 

Jen Shah

“We submit that such a sentence is just and fair because it takes into account Ms. Shah’s history and characteristics, the facts, and circumstances of the offense, and meets that a court impose a sentence that is ‘not greater than necessary’ to achieve the goals of punishment,” Jen’s lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, wrote in a sentencing submission.

The attorney also stated that the ordeal had caused “embarrassment, fear and shame” for Jen’s family, including her sons, Sharrieff Shah Jr., 28, and Omar, 19.

“She knows the emotional and psychological toll that her sons have already been forced to pay. These are harms for which she will spend the rest of her life atoning.”

Jen Shah

Jen Shahs sons also wrote emotional pleas, asking the judge for leniency. 

Sharrieff Jr. wrote—I am Jennifer Shah’s eldest son. I am writing to you with the hope that I may accurately describe my mother’s character and provide an idea of who she truly is.”

He continued—“I recognize that regardless of her recent mistakes, my mother has exemplified positive ideals throughout my entire life. I am happy to have learned from her and to have gained an understanding that all individuals are flawed, and these flaws do not negate their positive aspects.”

Jen Shah

“From my earliest memories I can recall my mother modeling the ideals of generosity and caring,” he said.

“While I understand that there must be a consequence for these actions, I am asking that you view my mother through a lens of forgiveness and compassion. I believe that my mother recognizes her wrongdoings and will be a better service to society if given a sentence of probation,” the 28-year-old wrote. 

The letter written by Shah’s younger son, Omar, was sealed by the court. 

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