Teresa Giudice‘s husband, Joe Giudice, has been ordered to be deported to his native Italy.

“Based upon the law, I find you deportable and ineligible for any kind of relief,” Judge John Ellington said during a hearing at Pennsylvania’s York Immigration Court on Wednesday. “Mr. Giudice, no matter how this turns out, I wish you the best. I decided this case as a matter of law.”

Joe, who can file an appeal by November 9 appeared via teleconference and sounded shocked at the ruling. He said, “I don’t understand how I can be deported on this case. If you will, I’ll tell you my side. I shouldn’t even be here right now. I have to go back and tell my kids this, and they’ve been waiting to hear from me.”

Teresa and Joe, both 46, pleaded guilty in 2014 to 41 counts of fraud, including mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud. He also admitted to not paying approximately $200,000 in taxes. Teresa served 11 months in prison in 2015. Joe’s 41-month sentence began in March 2016. The couple had a bankruptcy case dismissed in June but still have to pay restitution to the IRS and New Jersey’s Department of Treasury.


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In June, James J. Leonard Jr., their family attorney, told People Joe’s immigration status was still pending.


“Mr. Giudice has immigration counsel who are and have been working aggressively on his behalf so that he can return home to his wife and four young daughters and we remain optimistic that that is how this will end,” he said.

During a January Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, Teresa remained optimistic when asked about Joe being sent back to Italy. She even implied she’d move there with him.

“I mean, Italy’s a beautiful place to live,” said Teresa, 46. “I wouldn’t mind, you know, I’m just saying. Listen, whatever God has planned for me, that’s what’s going to happen. I will embrace it the best I can.”

Teresa and Joe, who wed in 1999, share daughters Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 12, and Audriana, 9.

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