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Jen Shah and her assistant Stuart Smith were arrested on federal fraud charges.

Shah and Smith are cast members on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City."

The reality TV personality is accused of running a nationwide telemarketing and money laundering scheme.

A 10-page indictment accuses Shah and Smith of defrauding victims older than age 55.

The victims were charged thousands of dollars to receive unspecified services which "provided little to no value to the victims."

Shah, 47, struggled to explain what she did for a living on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

"My background is in direct response marketing for about twenty years," she said. "Our company does advertising. We have a platform that helps people acquire customers."

She claimed to be the founder and owner of JAX Fashion, Shah Beauty and The Real Shah Lashes. But prosecutors say Shah's businesses are nonexistent.

Shah appeared in federal court on Tuesday. She was released and ordered to turn over her passport.

She is not allowed to leave Utah without the judge's approval. Shah also is not allowed to participate in telemarketing schemes.

She is set to appear in a federal court in Manhattan via CCTV on Wednesday.

Shah is the wife of University of Utah football coach Sharrieff Shah. They share two grown sons together.
 

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Bravo's Real Housewives of Salt Lake City premiered last night to positive reviews. The cast members introduced their families, including Jen Shah who introduced her husband, Sharrieff Shah and their 2 sons.
 

Jen's husband is a football coach at the University of Utah. Jen, who was born in Hawaii, moved to Utah when she was 7. She says she converted from Mormonism to Islam after meeting and marrying her husband.

Jen says she is Tongan "and a little bit of Chinese." But in Utah, she says, "I'm Black, because people don't know any better."

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Sharrieff, 49, explained how he and his wife met in college. "We had a class together. I saw her, my heart stops immediately," he recalled.

"I walk up to her, is that seat taken. She looks at me like, 'There's nobody there, I guess not.' That's how we met."

Jen said their marriage isn’t perfect. She sees him when he leaves home at 5 a.m. and when he returns at midnight. "We basically have to FaceTime a lot. It's kind of like a FaceTime marriage."