It’s been a long time coming, but Joe Giudice, husband of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star, Teresa Giudice, must serve his time for bankruptcy fraud. Joe reported to federal prison on March 23, and the father-of-four will now spend the next 41 months behind bars.
Teresa Giudice, 43, has served her time and now, it’s her husband’s turn. Joe Giudice, 43, has begun his jail sentence on March 23, and the beloved husband of the Real Housewives of New Jersey star will not be a free man for over three years. The Giudice family released a statement through their attorney about Joe’s lockup.
“Joe Giudice surrendered himself to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix today at 12 p.m. to begin serving his sentence,” the Giudice family attorney James Leonard Jr. told E! News in a statement. “His brother, his sister and several other members of the Giudice family, as well as myself, were present when he turned himself in to the prison, including Teresa. It was obviously a very emotional day, but this is a very strong family with a tremendous support system and they will get through this, just as they did when Teresa was away.”
Teresa and Joe were both found guilty in 2014 for engaging in bankruptcy, mail and wire and bank fraud. In addition to the 41 months, Joe was ordered to pay a restitution fee of $414,588. As for Teresa, she was slammed with a 15-month sentence for her role in the crime. Thankfully, the judge decided that The Real Housewives star would not serve her sentence at the same time as Joe, so at least one parent could always be there to take care of their kids.
Teresa was incredibly nostalgic on Instagram in the hours leading up to Joe’s incarceration, posting multiple family photos, and sweet pics of her with her husband. It’s clear that this is going to be hard for her, especially since she was only released from prison herself. “My Beautiful Family ❤️, Daddy’s Girls ❤️” Teresa captioned two photos Joe with their four girls. “The Love of my Life ❤️,” read another, a shot of her posing with her adoring husband.
After nearly a year behind bars at the Danbury Correctional Facility in Connecticut, Teresa was released on Dec. 23, 2015 — just in time for Christmas. She was all smiles when she reunited with her four daughters – Gia, 14, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 10, and Audriana, 6. Her reunion with Joe was far more passionate, as the two embraced in a very hot kiss.
While Joe said he thinks prison is “not a big deal,” his wife says otherwise. “It was no country club, trust me, at all,” she said during the Feb. 8 episode of Good Morning America. During her first interview as a free woman, Teresa said there was “mold in the bathrooms, there was not running water constantly. The showers were freezing cold. It was hell. It was definitely like living in hell.”
Do you think Joe will get out early, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think he’ll serve the full sentence and be released in 2019?