In a scene nearly as dramatic as the time Aviva confronted Sonja about skipping a charity spin class to spend time with her dog, a New Jersey judge sentenced Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice to 15 and 41 months in prison, respectively, for bankruptcy, mail, and wire fraud.
NorthJersey.com reports that Teresa's jail time will be followed by 2 years of supervised probation. Joe Giudice was ordered to pay $414,588 in restitution, and is thought likely to be deported back to Italy at the conclusion of his sentence. (Giudice emigrated to the United States with his family when he was one year old. Page Six notes that his attorney previously told the court Giudice was not aware he was not an American citizen.)
Judge Esther Salas previously agreed to stagger any jail time the couple received, to enable one parent at a time to remain at home with the couple's four children.
NorthJersey.com reports that earlier in the hearing, Judge Salas admonished the couple for "glaring omissions" in their pre-trial financial disclosure forms, after they failed to report purchases of cars, furniture, construction equipment, and "recreational vehicles." The couple's attorney stated that most of the furnishings seen in TV footage shot in the couple's palatial $3M home are provided by the production company, and that they own only $25,000 worth of furniture. When asked why Teresa reported no jewelry on the forms, her attorney answered that her jewelry is costume, and of little value.
This past spring, the Giudices pleaded guilty to conspiring to falsify loan applications to the tune of millions of dollars. They also admitted concealing assets when declaring bankruptcy. Joe Giudice acknowledged having failed to file one year's taxes.
Judge Salas later responded: "It's not a slap on your wrist you need, Mr. Giudice. Uh-uh."
This post has been updated to include information about Teresa Giudice's sentence.
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