Jen Shah, a Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star, got a meaningful tattoo to commemorate her family just days before reporting for prison.
Shah debuted the new tattoo on her Instagram Stories on Wednesday, using a script font to spell out the names of her husband and sons. . Her new tattoo reads, “Sharrieff Omar Sharrieff,” to honor her family.
The mother of two, however, brought her youngest son Omar along when she went to see tattooist Vili Ngata, and he also got tattooed. She displays her new delicate tattoo in a video uploaded to Shah’s Instagram Stories, and Omar also displays his. He reads “Keiki,” which the video notes is his mother’s middle name.
A few days before Shah is expected to report to prison to begin serving a 78-month (6.5-year) sentence for her part in organizing a fraud scheme, the mother-son date is set. She changed her plea from not guilty to last summer, admitting guilt to fraud and money laundering allegations.
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Shah’s attorney Priya Chaudhry stated PEOPLE after the decision: “Jen Shah deeply regrets the mistakes that she has made and is profoundly sorry to the people she has hurt. Jen has faith in our justice system, understands that anyone who breaks the law will be punished, and accepts this sentence as just. Jen will pay her debt to society and when she is a free woman again, she vows to pay her debt to the victims harmed by her mistakes.”
In the New York courtroom the day of her sentencing, Shah apologized for her actions in a statement. “I am sorry. My actions have hurt innocent people,” she said, per Inner City Press’s Matthew Russell Lee. “I want to apologize by saying I am doing all I can to earn the funds to pay restitution.”
Judge Sidney Stein, who ruled over the case, also mandated that Shah spend five years of supervised release following her release from prison. “to make sure you don’t end up committing another crime.”
Shah and her aide Stuart Smith were originally detained in 2021 for allegedly using individuals as targets in a large-scale operation.
“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessperson 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,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss previously said in a press release.
“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.”
Shah amended her guilty plea last year after entering a not-guilty plea in 2021. On February 17, she is required to report to prison.