Shocking news! The ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ couple was slapped with a long list of charges — from bank fraud to tax evasion — on July 29 and if convicted they could go to jail for over half a century!
The Real Housewives of New Jersey may have to start looking for a new star. Like for the next fifty seasons or so. On July 29 it was announced that Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe Giudice, have been indicted on 39 charges related to money fraud. If the reality TV couple is found guilty, they could face over 50 years in prison!
Joe & Teresa Giudice: Tax Evasion & Bank Fraud Charges
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced the charges, claiming that Teresa and Joe massively defrauded the IRS as well as several banks between 2001 and 2008, according to TMZ.
The Giudices allegedly illegally obtained multiple mortgages and other loans from multiple banks by purposely overestimating their incomes, the U.S. Attorney stated.
But that’s not all — the couple also allegedly withheld vital information about their net worth from a U.S. bankruptcy trustee after filing for Chapter 7, including Teresa’s true income from starring on Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Additionally, Joe is accused of failing to file income tax returns for the years 2004-2008, during which he allegedly earned $1 million, TMZ reports.
All in all, the couple faces 39 charges, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, which carries a max sentence of 20 years, and bank fraud, which carries a sentence of 30 years! And those are just two of the charges, the 37 other lesser charges also carry the possibility of even more prison time.
Neither Teresa nor Joe have been arrested, according to TMZ, though they are both due in court on July 30. Bravo is not commenting on the matter.
Teresa & Joe Giudice Indicted: Teresa Releases A Statement
After the charges were handed down, Teresa spoke out, saying, “Today is the most difficult day for our family.” She continued:
I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me. I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the Government as quickly as possible.
Teresa’s statement makes us wonder — does she realize that she could be going to jail too?
What do you think about this shocking news, HollywoodLifers? Can you believe that Teresa and Joe could be going to jail for such a long time? Let us know!
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