ONE of Jen Shah’s victims has come forward to tell her story after the RHOSLC star was sentenced to jail.
Trisha, 75, broke down in tears as she claimed the Bravo celebrity “ruined her life”.
Good Morning America featured a section on Jen’s case that focused on the victims.
During the episode, several people spoke out who had fallen for the program and lost thousands — and in some cases tens of thousands — of dollars.
Trisha, who hid her face behind a surgical mask, said on the show: “I’m telling the world I was stupid enough to get caught in a scam and I’m not a stupid person but I made a big mistake . “
She added: “Is that what I want to tell the world? No, I really don’t want that. But I don’t want other people to go through the shame that I went through.”
Trisha claims she was cheated out of “half her life savings” by spending $47,000 on the company Jen claims to run, which apparently promised to help start small businesses.
The victim claims it was “very convincing,” adding that she was “shocked” when the FCC contacted her about the fraud.
“I’m just recovering from a deep depression,” confessed the victim.
“I will cry. You get to the point where there is no way out. I don’t have the money to take care of myself.”
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Another victim told GMA, “I probably spent about $44,000 on six credit cards. All of them went bankrupt, of course, because of course I couldn’t afford to pay them.”
The morning show also included text messages Jen sent to the people she employed, many of whom appeared to mock those who cheated on her.
Hours after the show aired, Jen took to her own Instagram feed to set the record straight about something else.
Jen released a statement on social media amid rumors that she plans to sit down with Bravo boss Andy Cohen for a one-on-one.
The statement said: “On January 6, I stood before Judge Stein and asked him not to see me as a fictional character, but to see me as the real Jen Shah. I am now at a point legally, emotionally and mentally where I can answer a few questions and provide some unknown details about my case. I want and need to share these critical facts. I owe it to those who love and support me to hear the truth.”
The Real Housewives star continued, “I will not do the 1-1 with Andy Cohen and Bravo because they are unwilling to remove contractual provisions that would allow the network to legalize me and my story on any subject.” misrepresent before and during my participation.
“This particular 1-on-1 interview was not part of my RHOSLC reality TV contract. I have promised myself and my loving family that I will not allow this part of my life to be sensationally or inaccurately conveyed.”
Jen concluded, “Too many people have been hurt by my actions and my inability to control my own narrative. I would rather remain silent and wait until I’m able to accurately tell my story than continue to spread outright lies and misrepresentations about me in the headlines. I intend to speak and you will hear from me. I will be sharing my story and this painful part of my life very soon.”
Prior to the statement, she had teased a possible return to Bravo.
She posted a souped-up photo of herself with the caption, “Dress rehearsal… see you soon.”
Jen was sentenced earlier this month to six and a half years in prison for her involvement in the scam.
A US Sun reporter confirmed in court that day that the Bravo personality wept hysterically as she apologized for her crimes and that her family wiped away tears as her sentence was read.
Jen was otherwise calm when her sentence was read, according to The US Sun reporter at the scene.
Her family – including her husband Sharrieff and their two sons Sharrieff Jr. and Omar, as well as several of Jen’s friends – had bowed their heads and were seen wiping away tears.
Jen sobbed as she told the court: “Elderly people have the greatest respect. I am the oldest of six. I was raised with respect, duty, generosity, humility and loyalty. I resisted these values.
“I am deeply sorry. I would like to apologize to the victims and their families. I will work hard to raise the funds to pay them compensation. I am sincerely repentant. I promise to pay back every penny.”
Jen was arrested back in March 2021 along with her assistant, Stuart Smith.
Jen continued, “I struggled to take responsibility because I was delusional thinking I had done nothing wrong. I believed I had been manipulated. These are lies that I have manifested.
“After therapy, counseling and medication, I can see the situation. I wish I could have done better. I’m sorry.
“I found solace in volunteering with women’s rights and anti-racism.
“I’m sorry to my friends and family for the shame and embarrassment, especially my husband and sons.”
She added: “Omar mum is so sorry you were woken up at gunpoint and handcuffed,” while her sons listened, bowing their heads in celebration.
Jen concluded, “I accept the consequences. I will never go back there again. I will never break the law.
“I will change and evolve. Reading this statement will help me mend my broken heart.”
She was charged with conspiracy to wire fraud.
The TV personality was sentenced to six and a half years in prison and five years of supervised release.
She is due to report to jail at 2 p.m. on February 17.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/7181177/rhoslc-jen-shah-victim-breaks-silence-fraud-scheme/ RHOSLC’s Jen Shah victim Trisha, 75, sobs as she breaks her silence after the TV star ‘ruined her life’ with a cheating scheme