REAL Housewives Of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah's cousin insists she's innocent after her Go Fund Me page was removed for 'violating terms,' The Sun can exclusively reveal.
On Sunday, Danny Filipe shared on his social media that he had set up a donations page for his cousin, Jen, who is facing years behind bars after being charged with fraud.
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He claimed she was in dire need of assistance for her legal fees after she allegedly scammed elderly customers into paying her thousands of dollars, which resulted in her arrest back in March.
Danny told The Sun he felt it was important to update fans on the situation and to show how much needed to be done to secure her freedom.
"It's what we do as a family, stick together," he said. "Her plea was not guilty. She is innocent. Enough said."
The GoFundMe page aimed to raise over $2.5million from her fans, but only pulled in $255 and was active less than 24 hours before the site removed it.
A spokeswoman for GoFundMe told The Sun: "I can confirm the fundraiser violates our Terms of Service.
"The fundraiser has been removed from the platform and all donors were refunded."
A description on the page read: "We are asking 10,000 caring souls to donate $250.
"Jen is facing decades incarcerated in prison separated from her family if she is unable to mount a competent and well-thought-out defense.
"Jen needs $2.5 million dollars because:1) there are over 1 million documents in this case that must be immediately reviewed and analyzed by Jen’s lawyers before her case goes to trial in October 2021;
"2) the Southern District of New York is the most expensive jurisdiction in the country to defend a lawsuit, and to hire competent legal counsel;
"3) Jen has to have the economic wherewithal to fight the government’s lawyers, who have an open checkbook and can spend millions of dollars prosecuting this case; and
"4) by defending this case and going to trial, Jen’s family has and will continue to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs, which includes hiring investigators to interview potential witnesses, hiring experts in various fields (economists, accountants, jury consultants, forensic computer and data analysts, etc.) and paying for hundreds of hours of legal research, trial exhibits and witness binders, etc."
The RHOSLC star's cousin claimed that "in seven weeks, Jen and her family have spent over $138,000 in legal fees and costs."
However, after he promoted the GoFundMe page, fans quickly ran to the comment section to slam the fundraiser, saying they had "zero shame."
Fans even demanded that she sell her designer clothes and bags to raise the money for her own legal fees.
One fan claimed they had "reported" the page, saying: "This is absolutely disgusting and I have reported it to GoFundMe.
"I hope others have to. Clearly people know better you have received a single donation. You should all be ashamed of yourselves, but then again, she stole money from the elderly so."
Back in March, Jen was arrested just as the Bravo cameras filmed the cast's trip to Colorado.
An insider close to the star claimed: "Cameras were rolling but it was so chaotic, I'm not sure exactly what was captured."
While the source said producer "definitely got some footage," it's unclear exactly what was captured.
"The cast was getting ready for a group trip to Colorado," the insider spilled exclusively to The Sun.
They continued: "Jen was so excited, of course she wanted to go full glam so she went and got braids done specifically for the trip.
"Literally out of nowhere after getting a phone call, she seemed panicked and had to leave due to what she said was an urgent emergency with her husband Sharrieff.
"Maybe a few minutes later, cops came in looking for Jen but she was gone. They said they were federal law enforcement."
The source claimed that when officials found Jen, she was “arrested on the spot” and appeared to be “devastated and mortified.”
Police also arrested her assistant, Stuart Smith, and they charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
When the arrest was made, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a press release obtained by The Sun: "Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful business person on 'reality' television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah's 'first assistant,' allegedly generated and sold 'lead lists' of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam.
"In actual reality and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators were just fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ money.
"Now, these defendants face time in prison for their alleged crimes."
They could potentially face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.
Following her being released without bond, Jen has been banned from excessive drinking and using drugs, she can't use her credit cards, take out excessive amounts of money, and can't travel outside of Utah until her October hearing.
A month after her arrest, Bravo cameras resumed filming and it was said that Jen will continue to appear on the show as she deals with her legal issues in front of the cameras.
Since then, Jen has started a Cameo account where she is charging fans $100 per video.
The Sun can confirm two rented mansions she was reported to be living in are also now up for sale, as she's been forced to relocate and give up her life of luxury.
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