Real Housewives of New Jersey Stars Joe and Teresa Giudice Charged with 39 Counts of Fraud
On Monday, July 29, 2013, Teresa Guidice and Joe Giudice, stars of the Bravo reality TV series “Real Housewives of New Jersey” were indicted on federal fraud charges. The 39-count fraud indictment includes such charges as conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and making false statements on loan applications.
Making False Statements on Loan Applications
The Real Housewives of New Jersey couple is accused of exaggerating their income on loan applications before the Real Housewives of New Jersey show debuted in 2009. The indictment stated that during the period from 2001 to 2008, the couple submitted fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications, making fraudulent claims about their employment status and salary information.
In 2001, Teresa filed for a mortgage loan of $121,000. On the mortgage application, she falsely claimed that she worked as an executive assistant, and submitted fake W-2 forms and fake pay stubs to support the income claims.
In 2009, Teresa and “Juicy Joe” filed a petition for bankruptcy protection after the first season or the reality show air on Bravo TV. The indictment also accuses the notorious couple of hiding their improved financial situation when they filed for bankruptcy. The couple concealed businesses they owned, rental income they received, the complete details of Teresa’s income from the “Real Housewives,” website sales and income from personal appearances.
Legal prosecutors said the Giudices also concealed their anticipated increase in income from the then-upcoming second year of the RHONJ show.
Joe Giudice failed to file tax returns for the years 2004 through 2008, when he allegedly earned close to $1 million, the government said.
The reality TV stars are scheduled to make their initial court appearances Tuesday.
What the Giudices are Saying
Teresa’s attorney, Henry Klingeman, said that she would plead “not guilty.” Teresa issued a statement, accompanied by raccoon eyes and crocodile tears, saying it was a difficult day for her family, she supports her husband, and that she hopes to resolve the case with the government as quickly as possible. “I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career,” she said.
Joe’s attorney has yet to comment.
Bravo has not commented.
What the U.S. Government is Saying
The United States Attorney on the case, Paul Fishman, said the indictment alleges “the Giudices lied to the bankruptcy court, to the IRS and to a number of banks.” He added, “Everyone has an obligation to tell the truth when dealing with the courts, paying their taxes and applying for loans or mortgages. That’s reality,” he said.
Both Juicy Joe and Teresa ended up being sentenced to do hard time for their crimes. However, it didn’t ruin their celebrity status. In fact, it may end up propelling them into further, and perhaps greater, stardom.
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