Reality Show Cast Member Pleads Guilty To Running Nationwide Telemarketing Fraud Scheme | USAO-SDNY

Reality Show Cast Member Pleads Guilty To Running Nationwide Telemarketing Fraud Scheme | USAO-SDNY

Damian Williams, the United States Lawyer for the Southern District of New York, introduced that earlier these days, JENNIFER SHAH pled guilty to conspiracy to dedicate wire fraud in link with telemarketing. 

U.S. Legal professional Damian Williams mentioned:  “Jennifer Shah was a critical participant in a nationwide plan that qualified aged, susceptible victims.  These victims were bought wrong claims of economic stability but in its place Shah and her co-conspirators defrauded them out of their financial savings and remaining them with nothing at all to demonstrate for it.  This Workplace is committed to rooting out these techniques no matter what type they choose.”

In accordance to the allegations in the Superseding Indictment, and statements created all through the plea and other proceedings in the circumstance:

From 2012 till March 2021, JENNIFER SHAH, with each other with some others (collectively, the “Participants”) carried out a extensive-ranging telemarketing scheme that defrauded hundreds of victims (the “Victims”) during the United States, many of whom were being about age 55, by promoting these Victims so-termed “business services” in link with the Victims’ purported online companies (the “Business Chance Scheme”). 

In order to perpetrate the Organization Prospect Plan, Participants, such as SHAH, engaged in a common, coordinated hard work to targeted traffic in lists of probable victims, or “leads,” a lot of of whom had formerly created an initial financial investment to create an on the net organization with other Participants in the Plan. 

SHAH, amid other issues, bought qualified prospects to other Participants for use by their telemarketing sales floors with the knowledge that the people they experienced recognized as “leads” would be defrauded by the other Individuals, which includes by lying to Victims about how much they would gain just after acquiring the business providers and the purported achievement of others who experienced ordered the solutions.  SHAH received as financial gain a share of the fraudulent earnings for every the terms of their arrangement with people Participants.  SHAH typically managed each individual part of the frauds perpetrated by other Individuals on the individuals they experienced recognized by, between other issues, analyzing which “coaching” profits floor could purchase leads from them, picking out the downstream income flooring to which the “coaching” product sales ground was permitted to pass the prospects, selecting the firms to provide “fulfillment” expert services, that is, documents and documents purporting to exhibit that the solutions the Contributors claimed to provide to all those Victims have been true and respectable, location how considerably the downstream profits flooring could cost, and analyzing which “products” every single of the downstream product sales flooring could offer. 

In close to 2017, SHAH began operating a Manhattan-centered revenue floor that bought downstream “business opportunity” items to victims on guide lists presented by the defendant as aspect of the Small business Chance Plan (the “Manhattan Revenue Floor”).  Involving 2018 and 2020, SHAH controlled the day-to-day operations of the Manhattan Income Ground.  Among the other matters, SHAH, with other Participants, moved specified functions for the Manhattan Product sales Floor to Kosovo to stay away from legislation enforcement and regulatory scrutiny.  The salespeople at the Manhattan Income Ground engaged in the very same fraudulent gross sales practices as other telemarketing floors in the Small business Possibility Scheme: namely, lying to and deceptive Victims into obtaining “business opportunity” products and solutions to ostensibly progress their non-existent on the web enterprises.  

SHAH undertook important efforts to conceal her part in the Business Option Scheme.  For case in point, SHAH, amid other things, integrated her enterprise entities making use of third parties’ names and instructed other Individuals to do the identical, utilized and directed other people to use encrypted messaging purposes to connect with other Participants, and designed quite a few money withdrawals structured to stay away from currency transaction reporting prerequisites.

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SHAH, 48, of Park Town, Utah, pled guilty nowadays to one particular count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing by which she victimized 10 or much more persons above the age of 55, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 decades in prison.  As part of her guilty plea, SHAH also agreed to forfeit $6.5 million and to pay restitution up to $9.5 million.

The most potential sentence in this circumstance is recommended by Congress and is supplied listed here for informational functions only, as SHAH’s sentence will be determined by the judge. 

SHAH is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Decide Sidney H. Stein on November 28, 2022.

Mr. Williams praised the exceptional investigative perform of HSI’s El Dorado Task Pressure.

This circumstance is becoming handled by the Office’s Money Laundering and Transnational Legal Enterprises Unit.  Assistant United States Lawyers Kiersten A. Fletcher, Benet J. Kearney, Robert B. Sobelman, and Sheb Swett are in charge of the prosecution. 

If you feel you have been a target of the plan explained earlier mentioned, like a sufferer entitled to restitution, and you wish to present details to law enforcement and/or obtain see of future developments in the situation or additional information and facts, remember to make contact with Wendy Olsen-Clancy, the Victim Witness Coordinator at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, at 866-874-8900 or [email protected].