When Jen Shah entered a plea to charges related to her alleged participation in a money-laundering operation, Andy Cohen said he didn’t “know how to feel” about it.
On his SiriusXM program Radio Andy, the Watch What Happens Live host and executive of the Bravo network revealed the information. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City actress, who recently expressed regret for her part in the plan that mostly targeted the elderly, was also discussed by Cohen as he talked with Jonah Hill, his guest.
Cohen expressed his ambivalence about Jen Shah’s admission of guilt.
Cohen doesn’t seem to be able to understand how Shah can appear to be considerate and giving—like when she gave his 2-month-old daughter Lucy a surprise gift—while also, as the federal authorities have said, playing a crucial role in a plot to scam elderly and vulnerable victims.
In the end, Cohen is able to comprehend the lack of sympathy for Shah’s situation. The victims in this instance are ultimately what matters.
When it comes to how some of these incidents have been received by viewers, he added, “I also believe what I’ve discovered is that some of the viewers are angrier where there are — you know when you look at Tom Girardi and what it appears as he did — actual victims that you can look at.”
“I think you end up feeling more offended when you realize that there are victims when you look at Joe Giudice stealing some tax money from the government,” Shah appeared in federal court in Manhattan and entered a plea of guilty to one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud in relation to telemarketing.
Conspiracy to launder money was the second count that was dropped. Shah is currently facing a maximum sentence of 30 years in jail and five years of supervised release, according to Judge Sidney Stein.
Following the hearing, Jennifer Shah was a significant player in a national conspiracy that targeted elderly, helpless victims, according to United States Attorney Damian Williams for the Southern District of New York.
False financial security was given to these victims, but Shah and her accomplices cheated them out of their savings, leaving them with little to show for it. Any form that these schemes may take, this Office is committed to stopping them.
Shah and Stuart Smith, her assistant, were both taken into custody back in March. Shah pleaded innocent the following month but has now changed his plea. Shah agreed to forfeit $6.5 million and make restitution of up to $9.5 million along with her guilty plea.
Shan issued a statement via her attorney in which she admitted guilt and expressed her “deepest regrets” to the victims.
“The statement from Ms. Shah’s lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, to ET said, “Ms. Shah is a good woman who crossed a limit. She sincerely apologizes to everyone who was injured and accepts full responsibility for her conduct.
Ms. Shah also regrets disappointing her spouse, kids, relatives, friends, and backers. Jen entered a guilty plea in order to make good on her responsibility to society and put her family’s experience behind her.”