“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice will give 25 percent of her salary from television network Bravo and her 2005 Maserati to the federal government to help pay off the $415,589 judgment against the 43-year-old and her husband, Joe. The Paterson-born Giudice is currently serving a 15-month prison sentence for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud in 2013, which included making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy documents.
According to the Associated Press on Monday, government paperwork detailed a pre-negotiated deal to seize a percentage of the reality star’s income and her luxury vehicle to satisfy the judgment. The documents were filed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which also showed that the government will take half the rent from the family’s rental in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, as well as home furnishings from their main residence in Montville. Giudice’s attorney James Leonard, Jr. told Us Weekly on Tuesday that the family’s agreement was made in December before she began her sentence, and that payments have already been made toward the judgment. Teresa was sentenced on October 2, 2014 and began serving on Jan. 5 this year.
"We are in good standing with the government. The debt now is under $200,000," he said. "All the debts will be paid in full. There has been nothing new seized from the home and nothing else will be seized from them."
Giudice has four children, Gia, 14, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 9 and Audriana, 5. Her husband, Joe, was also charged with a 41-count indictment that alleged he failed to file tax returns from 2004 to 2008, a time period when he reportedly earned $1 million. The two plead guilty to 41 counts of fraud on March 4, 2014.
Joe appeared on "Watch What Happens Live" in October and detailed the difficulties of fatherhood without Teresa to host Andy Cohen. He will begin a 41-month sentence after his wife completes hers.
"It's going to be a lot of work, but they are my daughters and I gotta do what I gotta do. I guess I'll be the housewife,” he said.