Teresa Giudice & Husband Joe Giudice Plead Guilty In Financial Fraud Case
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice, who sometimes appeared on the Bravo reality show, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a number of federal fraud charges.
Giudices Plead Guilty
The Giudices stood accused of concealing income and committing bankruptcy fraud. They both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and to three separate counts of bankruptcy fraud, reported Fox News. Separately, Joe Giudice was charged with and pleaded guilty to failure to file a 2004 tax return and selectively withholding income information between 2004 and 2008.
Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice had attempted to get separate trials, but had failed to do so. Together, they faced more than 40 counts.
The Real Housewives star took responsibility “for a series of mistakes I made several years ago.” She also promised to elaborate on her wrong doing during her sentencing trial, which will take place during the summer.
"I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions and express my remorse to Judge Salas and the public," she wrote. "I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family — especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world.
Guidice Fraud Trial Sentencing
When they are sentenced on July 8, both Giudices stand to face jail time. Teresa Giudice could get anywhere from 21 to 27 months behind bars, while her husband could be sentenced to 37 to 46 months in prison. Furthermore, since Joe Giudice isn’t an American citizen, he could be deported to Italy following the completion of his sentence.
Throughout her legal troubles, Teresa Giudice has maintained her public profile. In addition to staying on the Real Housweives of New Jersey, she’s continued working on her numerous side projects, which include drink and hair product lines.
Teresa and Joe Giudice have four daughters: Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audiriana.
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