- Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City -Who Tipped Off The Feds About Jen Shah On 'RHOSLC'? Our Very Own Investigation
The first two minutes of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Season 2 ask the question all of us have been wondering since the news first broke: who tipped off the feds about Jen Shah, leading them to know where she was? The question is sure to linger throughout the season, with the trailer even hinting at suspicion within the group. And before we get even further, I'd just like to say that however that moment came to be... thank you.
Now, I fashion myself to be somewhat of an amateur detective. With all of the true crime podcasts I listen to and all of the SVU and CSI that I watch, I know a thing or two about how all this *gestures to nothing and yet everything at the same time* works.
So let me put on my Sherlock Holmes hat and sit in my leather swivel chair on this dark and dreary day and dive in.
First option... the FBI already knew
This is probably the most likely of the scenarios. These investigations take years to gain evidence and build a case for, so I am sure that they have been looking into Jen (or anyone they intend on arresting) for quite some time. Considering the reports say that the alleged fraud goes all the way back to 2012 and that back in 2019, 10 others were charged in the same case, this is nothing that came about overnight.
So given that this is... the Federal Bureau of Investigations, chances are they just know where people are when they're involved in an ongoing investigation. You don't just lose tabs on someone — especially someone who is about to go on an out-of-town trip with the girls.
But what if someone internal tipped them off?
As for the season trailer that seems to imply that perhaps one of the Housewives had something to do with sharing Jen's whereabouts, don't be so quick to judge. In an interview with Us Weekly, Meredith Marks said the following about her friendship (friendship?) with Jen.
Innocent until proven guilty at the end of the day. My friendship with Jen is a different standard, it’s not held to legal standards, but in terms of a crime, it is innocent till proven guilty and you know, the court of friendships a little bit different.
Of course the cast members themselves aren't the only people who know where Jen is during filming. There's a crew and a production company that would be aware, although nothing at the time of publication has suggested that the production company was ever asked by the feds to provide information on Jen's location prior to her arrest.
What if we went even more internal...
Like, the call is coming from inside the house, internal. Prior to her arrest, Jen Shah was seen on Instagram getting glam done (as one does, or at least hopes to do, before being arrested). According to Radar Online, Jen was seen in Instagram stories hours before her arrest getting her hair done. Her hairstylist even reportedly captioned a photo, "Getting babie right, per usual before her trip."
So, is it possible that Jen's own social media could have been what tipped off the feds — at least for them to know she was going on a trip? Or is it just the boring old Big Brother Is Always Watching answer that makes this season a little less exciting. And I truly mean just a little.