Teresa and Joe Giudice’s shenanigans have caught up with them, if the feds are right. After being indicted on bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, making false statements on loan applications and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars were released on $500,000 unsecured bail bonds apiece, Us Weekly reported Tuesday.
Though putting on a united front and walking into United States District Court in Newark hand in hand, the couple was “very solemn” in court, according to an onlooker who spoke to the celebrity news site. After they appeared before Judge Cathy Waldor, it was revealed Joe, who was born in Italy, is not even a legal U.S. citizen. Both their passports were revoked and they are confined to New Jersey and New York until their next court hearing on Aug. 14.
Teresa's attorney Henry Klingman told Eonline.com their legal woes have meant "a difficult few days" but the “RHONJ” star has been “resolute."
"She's tending to her kids and dealing with this like a grownup,” he added about the 41-year-old mother of three. The Giudices' have sought out their own representation, but Klingman told Eonline.com it’s not uncommon for married couples to get their own lawyers.
"It's almost invariably true that in federal criminal cases such as this one, the judge requires each defendant to have their own attorney. It reflects the ethical rules so the lawyers avoid conflicts of interest." He added, "Even if people are on the same page like a husband and wife, they could theoretically go in different directions at some point in the future."
If convicted, the Giudices could face up to 50 years in prison for their crimes, but Teresa is maintaining her innocence. Her lawyer told Us Weekly, "Teresa will plead not guilty. The judicial process that begins today with an indictment is a search for the truth. As it moves forward, we look forward to vindicating her." Joe's attorney Miles Feinstein added, "We're going to meet these charges and fight them."
The Giudices have three children together: Gia, 12; Gabrielle, 9; and Milania, 8. Teresa, who has penned several cookbooks, is best known for her temper on the Bravo reality series, which is in its fifth season.
“RHONJ” airs on Bravo every Sunday at 8/7c.