‘The Real Housewives Of New Jersey’ star Joe Giudice was sentenced to 41 months in prison on Oct. 2, while Teresa will serve 15 months. What’s going to happen to their four young daughters?
In March 2014, Teresa Giudice, 42, and husband Joe Giudice, 42, plead guilty to 41 counts of fraud, having been accused of engaging in bank, mail and wire and bankruptcy fraud. After their sentencing on Oct. 2, Joe was ordered to spend 41 months behind bars and pay a restitution fee of $414,588 while Teresa will serve 15 months.
Teresa Giudice Sentenced — Star Learns Her Fate
Extra reports that Joe has been sentenced to spend 41 months behind bars in federal prison and pay a $414,588 restitution fee that is due immediately. While Teresa was waiting to be sentenced, North Jersey reports, “she will not serve her sentence at the same time as Joe so one of them can always be caring for their four daughters.”
ABC reports that Judge Salas told Joe after announcing his sentence, “I do wish you luck. You have made some serious mistakes and you have to pay for them. But you have a lot to live for.”
Several hours after Joe’s sentence, it was announced that Teresa will be serving 15 months behind bars and that she will serve her time before Joe.
North Jersey reported that before the couple found out their sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas lectured the couple about their, “glaring omissions” in their financial disclosure forms. The judge reportedly said, “I had to put the sentencing off because the financial disclosure wasn’t in.”
The site also reports that the judge read off several items including, home furnishing, cars and recreational vehicles that were all not reported to the probation office by the couple.
The Daily Mail reports that after the judge read off the list of items, Teresa and Joe did not have an answer for her. Instead they reportedly, “claimed they had hired an accountant and provided that person with their financial information.”
Teresa & Joe Giudice: How Their Legal Troubles Began
Teresa and Joe’s legal troubles began in 2009, when the couple filed for bankruptcy. While they were initially going to auction off some of their furniture to raise funds, the auction was eventually canceled. (Which did not please the courts.)
They were charged in July 2013 on a number of counts of fraud, as well as Joe’s failure to file a tax return from 2004 to 2008. Teresa’s attorney told the Associated Press that she would plead not guilty, and they did, in Aug. 2013.
However, the couple clearly decided to change tacks in order to get a more lax sentence for Teresa, who needs to care for their four children Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana. Their guilty plea was a result of a deal made with federal prosecutors.
Under federal sentencing guidelines, Joe would have to face 37 to 46 months for the crimes for which he was accused, while Teresa would have to face 21 to 27 months for her complicit but lesser involvement.
On Monday, October 6th at 9pm ET/PT there will be a special “Watch What Happens Live: One-on-One with Teresa and Joe” with host Andy Cohen, who sits down with Teresa and Joe Giudice for their first interview post-sentencing.
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— Amanda Mitchell & Caitlin Beck