Teresa Giudice may be a free woman, but her legal woes are far from over. The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star was released from prison in 2015 after nearly one year for fraud, but it seems the judge has some remaining questions regarding the Giudice’s bankruptcy.
According to E! News, Teresa and husband Joe Giudice plead guilty to bankruptcy fraud, among other charges, in 2009. They were each sentenced to jail time and required to pay owed back taxes in 2009. The Giudices are said to have agreed to a repayment plan, outlining exactly how much they would be paying per month and when the debt would be paid in full. The exact sum is not known at this time, but E! News reports that seven years later a portion of the debt still stands.
“Satisfied means paid in full in my book,” U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Stacey L. Meisel said to lawyer Carlos J. Cuevas. “There may have been a satisfaction of a number of creditors...but the fact remains that creditors still exist.”
In addition, Teresa and Joe, 44, are said to be suing lawyer James Kridel, whom they hired to handle their bankruptcy proceedings. Michael Kopelman, the lawyer tasked with defending the creditors in the Giudice’s initial bankruptcy filing from 2009, which was dismissed, has suggested that any money stemming from the case should go directly to them. He claims the case predates the initial bankruptcy case. According to Cuevas Judge Meisel has not yet made a decision Cuevas, the Giudice’s current lawyer, revealed to E! That Judge Meisel has made no decision as to who will take “ownership” for the claims in the lawsuit.
“A lot is going on, so stay tuned,” Cuevas said.
Financial drama isn’t the only issue Teresa’s facing. On March 23, Joe reported to Fort Dix, where he will be held for 41 months. TMZ obtained photos of the couple saying their goodbyes. Teresa, 44, and Joe were photographed hugging, holding hands and sharing one final kiss prior to the start of his sentence. The “RHONJ” star later tweeted a thank you message to fans who supported her through her own prison stay as well as the start of Joe’s.
I want to thank all of you for the love & support you have shown my family during this difficult time. It means the world to all of us ♥️♥️
— Teresa Giudice (@Teresa_Giudice) March 23, 2016
Teresa was released from prison on December 23, 2015. She spent nearly one month confined to her New Jersey home on house arrest before becoming a free woman. Her life after prison, along with Joe’s entrance, will be featured on Season 7 of “RHONJ,” premiering on Bravo July 10.