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Teresa Giudice and Her Husband, Joe, Indicted On Two More Counts Of Fraud

November 19, 2013 08:16 AM by Suzy Kerr

As if Teresa and Joe Giudice didn’t have enough legal problems, now the famous duo is being indicted on two more counts of fraud. The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars were already facing a 39-count indictment, with charges ranging from mail fraud to bankruptcy fraud. I guess with nearly 40 fraud charges under your belt already, what are two more?

According to Teresa Giudice’s lawyer, the reality star will put in a “not guilty” plea to the new charges. “As she did with respect to the allegations contained in the original indictment, Teresa intends to plead ‘not guilty’ to the allegations in the new indictment,” attorney Henry E. Klingeman said in a statement to People. “She looks forward to defending herself at the trial, scheduled for February 24, 2014. Beyond that, we will answer all of the charges in court, not out.”

According to the indictment, Joe and Teresa Giudice were committing fraud right and left, filing bogus loan and mortgage applications, illegally wiring money and being dishonest about their salaries and employment. From 2004 to 2008, Joe also neglected to file tax returns (oops), and this was at a time where he reportedly earned around $1 million (double oops). Newsflash, Giudices: Uncle Sam don’t play when it comes to getting his money.

If convicted, Teresa and Joe Giudice could face up to 50 years in prison. Even if they are convicted, I really can’t see these guys behind bars for 50 years. I mean, Amber Portwood only served a fraction of her sentence, and it’s not uncommon at all for people – especially non-violent offenders – to be released early. But let’s pretend just for a moment that a judge hands down the harshest sentence, and the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars really do spend 50 years in the pen. They will be in their 90s before they get out. IN THEIR 90s. Are you picturing this?

I would be freaking out – and enjoying my last few months of certain freedom – if I were them.

What do you think? Do you think they’ll be convicted? If they are, will they be the seniorest of senior citizens when they get out? Tell us in the comments!

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5 Responses to “Teresa Giudice and Her Husband, Joe, Indicted On Two More Counts Of Fraud”

  1. slomo Says:
    November 19th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Suzy, these are FEDERAL charges. If sentenced to 20 years you serve 20 years. 50 years you serve 50. Big difference.

  2. slomo Says:
    November 19th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I really don’t see them getting 50 years BUT who knows? The FEDS do not bring a case to court without GOOD and SOLID evidence.

  3. Jr Says:
    November 19th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Maybe a short sentence so they can work and pay all the $$ back to whomever. Why should taxpayers pay all their expenses while they are in jail for years to come? My heart goes out to their daughters & family members.

  4. syd3 Says:
    November 20th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Sure, let’s let all the ‘white collar’ criminals off with short sentences so that they can get back out there and pay their victims back … NOT! Such an action would only reinforce the notion that this type of crime is not REAL crime — only naughty ‘no-no’s’ — and that the type of people who conduct these crimes are a ‘better class of people.’ Lady Justice would therefore not be blind … but rather winking beneath her blindfolds. Sorry, can’t buy into this.

  5. Dr. Farley, M.D. Says:
    November 20th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Theresa’s lawyer says: “she is looking forward to defending herself in court.” But what does Joe’s lawyer say? Could this mean that she will defend herself by saying that she had no idea what Joe was doing and that he even forged her signature? After all, he forged his brother’s signature to get a license and he forged his business partners signature to get out of paying back money he owed to this business partner. It would be so much easier to forge your own spouse’s signature. I can hardly imagine Teresa’s lawyer NOT using Joe’s past against him to save the skin of his own client. No lawyer wants to lose their high profile case to the prosecution.

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