Jen Shah’s assistant and co-defendant Stuart Smith did not appear too upset after his arrest for fraud, even though he faces up to 30 years in prison.
The 43-year-old was photographed on Thursday — just one day before pleading not guilty — flashing a big smile outside of a residence in Lehi, Utah, alongside a blond woman and two young men.
It is unclear what his relationship is with the other people pictured, but they appear to be relatives. Stuart is a married father of two.
The businessman-turned-reality TV personality was spotted wearing a backwards white cap, a white fleece and denim jeans.
The pictures were taken ahead of Smith and Shah’s court hearing for allegedly defrauding hundreds of victims, many of whom were over the age of 55, in a telemarketing scheme.
In one of the photos, Smith appeared to be holding a rod and laughing as a young man held onto a dog and the woman carried a box of Pepsi cans. The group gathered outside of the residence’s garage, which showed a large, white vehicle inside of it.
On Friday, Smith and the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
In January, Shah said in an interview that Smith would “do anything” for her.
“Some assistants I won’t ask to do certain things, you know? One of them is just, she’s just strictly virtual,” Shah, 47, said. “So of course I’m not asking her to do… But like Stuart is all in for like crazy stuff.”
Shah and Smith’s alleged crimes have reportedly been taking place since 2012.
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter Fitzhugh in a release, “Shah and Smith flaunted their lavish lifestyle to the public as a symbol of their ‘success.’ In reality, they allegedly built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people.”
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