Feds Slam Witness in Real Housewives Star Jen Shahs Trial [DOCUMENTS]

Feds Slam Witness in Real Housewives Star Jen Shahs Trial [DOCUMENTS] ...

In the midst of Shahs'' fraud trial, federal authorities are urging a judge to limit what one of the real housewives of Salt Lake City expert witnesses can testify about. The latest filing by the Manhattan State Attorneys Office comes as the trial of Shahs is underway. It is slated to begin on July 18, barring additional delays.

According to court records, assistant US Attorneys Kirsten Fletcher, Robert Sobelman, and Sheb Swett submitted a letter to Sidney Stein on June 21, 2022, seeking an order to halt Przemyslaw Jeziorski, a UC Berkeley marketing professor, and a final hearing on motions in the Shahs case is scheduled for July 5, 2022. Last month, Shahs attorneys asked for Stein to step aside if any conflicts in his schedule would result in a third delay.

Shah was charged with wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and money laundering in March 2021 and has been free on bond pending the start of her trial, which was initially scheduled to begin in October 2021 and then in March 2022. Her arrest was documented on the second season of Bravos RHOSLC.

Prosecutors are opposing a professor who is anticipated to testify on Shahs Behalf.

The Government respectfully seeks an order excluding the following testimony from Przemyslaw Jeziorski, defendants'' statements; (i) any concerns about chargeback fraud, which are lacking a valid basis; and (ii) any opinions about the facts of this case based on a failure to provide notice of such opinions.

Prosecutors claim that Jeziorski is recognized as an expert witness in marketing analytics, quantifying and qualifying leads, lead generation methods, lead brokering, data scraping, and the use of salesfloors and fulfillment companies, including commission structures, the use of CRMs, upselling, chargebacks, and general small business success rates.

According to Shahs lawyers, Jeziorski may testify about chargebacks, where customers claim they didn''t receive what he was paid. Jeziorski believes fraud involving chargebacks is on the rise, with customers actually receiving what they ordered and then soliciting a chargeback from their bank.

Prosecutors said that these opinions are apparently based on Jeziorski''s teaching and research and that he has written chargeback integration with payment systems for his company and has extensive experience dealing with chargebacks. The disclosure provided no details of the relevant teaching and research or experience, and there were no scholarly articles, treatises, or other secondary sources for these opinions.

prosecutors said the defendant intends to elicit dramatic generalizations about consumers and banks based on nothing more than Jeziorski''s own personal experiences in a business and general teaching and research. Jeziorski should not be permitted to opine on the possibility of chargeback fraud based solely on his own, limited personal experiences.

There is no reason to believe that Jeziorski''s experience running a business will provide a reliable understanding of why consumers initiate chargebacks, or how banks and credit card companies handle chargeback requests. In this case, Jeziorski''s testimony explicitly states that individuals are often adverse to banks and consumers, thus removing the possibility that his opinions about chargebacks are true. In this case, the court may no longer examine the validity of such testimony, and that the government should consider whether or not to testify about chargeback

Jeziorskis Qualifications as a Professor were highlighted by Shahs Attorneys.

According to a resume submitted by Shahs lawyers, Jeziorski has served as a professor of marketing at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley since 2012. His research focuses on Quantitative Marketing, Industrial Organization, Antitrust, and Regulation, Digital Marketing, and Fintech.

Professor Jeziorski may testify on marketing analytics, particularly in terms of lead qualification, targeting, and lead brokering. These techniques are critical to data-driven marketing, and are highly encouraged and taught in the field of marketing. She added that the issue at the core of the dispute is:

Professor Jeziorski may also testify about chargebacks, a feature of credit and debit cards mostly, in which the transaction is reversed because the payment processor believes the charge to be fraudulent or inappropriately charged. In both instances, the merchant is forced to return the money in the form of a chargeback.

Stuart Smith, a Shahs assistant, pleaded guilty in November 2021 and is awaiting the sentence, which will likely come after the trial of Shahs. Shah has stated on Bravo that she is innocent and will be fighting to clear her name.

According to federal prosecutors, Shah of Park City, Utah, is accused of being involved in a telemarketing scam targeted elderly people. After her arrest, authorities claimed that there were 100 victims in the case.

Jennifer Shah, the counsel for the Southern District of New York at the time, was told in a statement that she portrays herself as a professional and professional businessman on reality television. Stuart Smith, who is accused of creating and selling lead lists of innocent individuals to repeatedly scam. In reality, these defendants were approached by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators, for their alleged crimes. Now, these defendants are sentenced to life in prison for their alleged crimes.