“I think she’s probably going to get the low end of the [prison sentence] range. 135 months or a lesser sentence,” Neama Rahmani, former federal prosecutor and president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, completely instructed Us Weekly about Shah’s case on Tuesday, July 12. “These are very high guidelines. I wouldn’t be surprised if a judge deviated downwards.”
The actuality star, 48, was arrested in March 2021 alongside assistant Stuart Smith. Shah, for her half, was accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. After initially pleading not responsible, the Bravo persona changed her plea on Monday, June 11.
“In 2012 to March 2021 in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere I agreed with others to commit wire fraud,” she stated throughout a court docket listening to in New York City. “I knew this was wrong. I knew many people were harmed and I’m so sorry.”
Shah, who beforehand confronted up to 30 years in jail for the wire fraud cost, could be given a prison sentence of up to 14 years. (The U.S. Attorney’s workplace dropped the second charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering following the change in her plea.)
“Ms. Shah is a good woman who crossed a line. She accepts full responsibility for her actions and deeply apologizes to all who have been harmed,” Shah’s lawyer Priya Chaudhry instructed Us in a press release on Monday. “Ms. Shah is also sorry for disappointing her husband, children, family, friends, and supporters. Jen pled guilty because she wants to pay her debt to society and put this ordeal behind her and her family.”
According to Rahmani, Shah’s sentencing may have a different conclusion because she entered a guilty plea. Smith, for his half, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice in November 2021. He initially claimed he was not responsible in the fraud case.
“Jen was potentially looking at an additional 100 months in prison, if she took the case to trial and lost. It’s a lot of time, but it would’ve been much worse if she went to trial and was convicted,” Rahmani defined to Us. “It really depends on the judge. They have complete and total discretion when it comes to sentencing and she’s waived her right to appeal.”
Amid Shah’s authorized points, Bravo exec Andy Cohen weighed in on the Utah native’s decision. “All it means is you’re changing your guilty plea,” Cohen, 54, stated throughout an episode of his Radio Andy present on Monday. “I don’t know how I feel about this.”
Scroll down for a breakdown of Rahmani’s ideas on Shah’s authorized woes: