Jen Shah is facing some serious legal consequences after pleading guilty to fraud – but she’s not the only one!
The reality TV star faces 30 years in prison following her unexpected confession earlier this week that she was behind a telemarketing scheme aimed at the elderly. And now, we’re learning more about how Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star husband, Sharrieff Shah, maybe earn enough money to pay off the $9 million in damages from Jen’s case. ALREADY !!!
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People spoke to the former Deputy District Attorney of Los Angeles Emily D. Baker about the case, and the legal expert has some interesting things to say. Sharing his general expertise on prosecutions like this, Baker explains that a lot is at stake in the wake of the case. RHOSLC the star agreed to lose more than 6 million dollars and paid an additional $9 million in compensation.
The legal commentator revealed that forfeiture itself can be a stressful process:
“First, the confiscation. The forfeiture allows for the replacement of the property. So any property she owns could be forfeited to the government to offset the $6.5 million in forfeiture. It depends on how much they take when they execute the search warrant, because they have the right to take money, property, things like that.”
Baker also considered the possibility that a government buyout may have already begun:
“So the government may already have some of her money or assets.”
It’s important to remember that there’s another party here. Jen’s assistant Stuart Smith also pleaded guilty to his role in the telemarketing scheme. As Baker hypothesized, the government may have taken some of the wealth back from him to account for some of the total:
“They also said that for some matters she could be jointly and severally liable to Stuart depending on whether or not compensation was available. So it could be a split.”
Baker further warned that the government will NOT back down until they get the forfeited money back:
“There was a funny line in the plea agreement that they could be jointly and severally liable, and that would be interesting, because that would reduce it. But if she can’t pay, there’s not much she can do. It will always be there, and they can earn any income. If she writes a book, they can decorate that. So, once the confiscation is done, they can collect any earnings.”
Now, about that alternative…
Baker explained to the attorney that the government’s tactics for getting the payment included the pursuit of “marital property.” Sharrieff, who is a football coach at University of Utahso that’s part of it – at least when it comes to paying compensation:
“Whatever [that they share as a couple, yes] … It could be his income and the like. Most things would be considered marital property, so yes. This is their debt. It’s in her name, but he won’t be able to have marital assets without the potential attached to this surrogacy. “
OH! And even if the duo decides to divorce for this reason, Baker surmises it “won’t matter”, and that Sharrieff could still be held responsible for “this” [property] now accumulated in the marriage. “
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So it sounds like the government is trying to achieve justice one way or another – at least, according to this legal expert. And for the couple, who have been married since 1994 and have two more adorable sons, it looks like things are likely to get more complicated for a while.
Well, at least one thing is clear here: don’t f**k with feds…
Reaction, longtime readers?? Do you think that’s fair? Should we be responsible for who we marry and what crimes they commit?? Let us know what you think in the comments below)!
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