Heather Gay went via a mixture of feelings after greatest pal Jen Shah pleaded responsible to fraud again in July.
During the Season 3 finale of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Wednesday, the 40-year-old revealed she was “overwhelmed with grief” following the information.
“Grief that we’re on this scenario, that there are victims, our pal goes away for a decade and she or he has a 16-year-old,” Gay instructed fellow “Housewife” Lisa Barlow after getting back from her journey to New York City.
Barlow agreed, saying that pondering of Shah’s household made her “bawl my eyes out.”
“All I might take into consideration was her within the van, saying, ‘I’m not going to see Reefie [Jen’s son, Sharrieff Jr.] get married.’”
“What she pled responsible to is so dangerous,” Gay continued. “And the truth that she’s taken it this far and gone on for this lengthy and proclaimed her innocence, and now, I can solely suppose she did it and she or he thought she was going to get away with it, and when she realized she wasn’t going to get away with it, her story modified.”
“It was the very last thing I anticipated, was for her to plead responsible,” Gay additional defined.
Shah, 49 confessed to scamming a whole bunch of individuals out of cash via a nationwide telemarketing scheme, predominantly focusing on the aged. The actuality star was sentenced to six.5 years in jail final week.
Gay, nonetheless, loyally stood by Shah after she was arrested on digital camera in March 2021. So when the now-convicted fraudster modified her plea to responsible on the final minute, she theorized as to why.
“I believe that Coach [Jen’s husband Sharrieff Sr] found what Jen was doing and that it was unimaginable to clarify,” Gay advised. “With all of the witness statements and all of the witnesses, there was one thing that they couldn’t get out of.”
She continued, “And it was a smoking gun that mentioned, ‘OK, the gig is up.’ You need to stroll in there, it’s important to say you probably did this stuff and it’s important to go to jail for a decade.”
While it’s unclear if Jen’s husband performed a task in her determination to come back clear, he did write a letter to the decide pleading for leniency in her sentencing.
The 51-year-old claimed his spouse had “real regret” for her actions and even positioned among the blame on himself for not being round sufficient.
The letter seemingly labored as Jen solely acquired half of the doable max sentence for her crimes — which the couple then celebrated with a lavish dinner in NYC that very same day.
However, the partying will likely be short-lived as Jen is scheduled to give up on Feb. 17.