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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