Teresa and Joe Giudice plead guilty to federal fraud, both face jail time

Teresa and Joe Guidice plead guilty in Federal Court in NJ
Teresa and Joe Giudice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey were charged with multiple counts of federal fraud last summer. The Giudices are are con artists who faked documents to apply for loans, filed for bankruptcy to avoid responsibility for their debts, hid assets from creditors, and then continued to document their wild spending in the media for years. They failed to file taxes for years at a time.

Despite initially pleading not guilty, and repeatedly insisting that were innocent of the charges, both Joe and Teresa pled guilty in court yesterday. (The photo above was taken outside their court appearance.) Joe plead guilty to five of the 41 counts against him, while Teresa plead guilty to four counts. By doing so they avoid trial. Sentencing is scheduled for July 8th. Teresa has been ordered to pay $200,000 in fines to the government.

Teresa has issued a statement to US Magazine in which she paints her decision to plead guilty as an honorable one that will affect her family negatively. Joe is facing more than three years in prison and could be deported to Italy. Teresa is expected to get about two years.

Harsh reality for Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice. As expected, the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars pleaded guilty to several mortgage and bankruptcy fraud charges on Tuesday, March 4.
The Giudices were reportedly both composed during their court appearance while pleading guilty to several counts of bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and failing to pay taxes. They are scheduled to be sentence on July 8. Joe, an Italian citizen, could face deportation.

“Today, I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago,” Teresa said in a statement to Us Weekly on Tuesday. “I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus I intend to address the court directly at sentencing. I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse to Judge Salas and the public.”

“I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family — especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world,” she continued. “Beyond this, I do not intend to speak specifically about the case outside of court, at the recommendation of my attorney and out of deference to the government and our legal system.”

The Bravo reality stars were charged in a 41-count indictment on various fraud and tax charges back in July. They originally pled not guilty to two charges in November, but an insider confirmed to Us Weekly on March 1 that the couple arranged a plea agreement.

“The couple will plead guilty to several but not all 41 of the charges, and both will appear in court on Tuesday with their lawyers,” a source told Us at the time.

According to NBC New York, Joe, 43, faces 37 to 46 months in prison, while Teresa faces 21 to 27 months. The couple are parents to four daughters: Gia, 13, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 5.

[From US Weekly]

I do feel sorry for the Giudice’s four daughters, who are very young. However I think both Joe and Teresa should serve time. The NY Daily News reports that officials said the couple’s “jail terms could be staggered to keep one parent at home with the kids while the other is behind bars..

Radar reports that Teresa is going to request that she serve her time under house arrest. Of course she is. Have you seen her house? Technically it shouldn’t even belong to her.

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Teresa and Joe Guidice plead guilty in Federal Court in NJ

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  1. Dani2 says:

    I feel so sorry for their poor kids. This is going to be the hardest on them.

  2. blue marie says:

    It’s about damn time they take responsibility.

    • ParisPucker says:

      Yes. It’s all around vile. Let’s see in 15 years which children are still talking to their parents. I’m sure hardly any of them will be. I’d be ashamed to be related to EITHER of these two, much less both. Seriously, those poor kids. They’re spitting images of their mother, how can they start fresh anywhere? At such a young age, this shame and revolting behavior is already a huge part of the legacy left to them.

    • Sacred And Profane says:

      I had no idea who these two are – thanks, Google – Oh, but how appropriate.
      “Giudice” is Italian for “judge”….

  3. MrsB says:

    She definitely deserves to go to jail, but for their kids sake I almost hope she is able to do her time at home. The kids shouldn’t be punished by having both their parents taken away.

  4. Tapioca says:

    So, if we’ve learned anything from Celebrity Justice it’s that you can get away with anything as long as you pay your taxes. If the Government weren’t one of their creditors we all know they wouldn’t see the inside of a cell.

    See also: Lauryn Hill and Wesley Snipes. Hell, even Li-Lo knew not to mess with the IRS!

  5. FinallyFr33 says:

    They aren’t going to jail. Look at all the others that have done horrible things and are still out living life. The normal rules dont apply to “celebrities”. Maybe they will get a spin-off “Real housewife of cell block C”?

  6. Lindy79 says:

    I’ve only seen up to Season 3 of RHONJ and these two…and they are horrible people.
    They admitted during that season that he had forged his ex business partners signature on documents and their response to the judge not letting them off because he confessed was “that’s what you get for being honest”

    Eh no, that’s what you get for forging someone’s signature on documents, do you asshats honesty not see that?

    They are fighting with everyone else on the show yet it’s never their fault. The husband is an abusive drunken sh*thead with an entire potato field on his shoulder and she’s not much better. They’re also fairly shitty parents, in my opinion and an example that spending money on kids does not a good parent make.

    Their kids would be better off without them for a while, as horrible as that is to say.

  7. BeckyR says:

    Her statement is hilarious. Their greed is beyond belief and I hope both do jail time, kids or no kids. Would like to see her living in a trailer. I mean, WHO DO THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE??

  8. Frida_K says:

    Did my comment get sent to spam? Was it too mean?

    I said something unkind about Teresa’s hairline and made an unflattering and mean remark about Joe.


  9. Blannie says:

    Put ‘em in jail and throw away the key as far as I’m concerned. Horrible master cons both of them. As for their kids, they should have thought about them while they were pulling their cons. Since they didn’t, I wouldn’t soften their punishments because of their children. Let them go live with some non-con relatives.

  10. neelyo says:

    What I’m sure is truly breaking Theresa’s heart is the realization that even a year in the hoosegow is a lifetime in reality TV and she’ll be long forgotten by the time she’s let out of the big house. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  11. Arock says:

    So orange is the new leopard.
    That’s…. Too bad? Hilarious? Not my problem? They deserve it, if only because they were so stupid to flaunt the “deception”. Those kids are in a lose lose situation, and that unfortunate. Barney rubble and cro magnum swapped for (I assume) spray can Sam and his super smart wife . I’m guessing custody had already been arranged and not to be jaded but prepare yourselves for the ” slammer cam” .

  12. Shopperetta says:

    She knows the word deference?

  13. Lisa says:

    I love how they try to pin themselves as victims. I have no patience for these two.

  14. The Original G says:

    They stole 11 millions dollars. Jail.

  15. Dizzle says:

    There’s going to be a book after all this. Fabulicious Behind Bars.

  16. Dani says:

    Probably an unpopular opinion but I feel like Joe maybe pushed her into doing it and it’s so obvious on the show that she’s basically his dog and follows him around blindly. They both deserve jail but I hope he gets deported. He’s disgusting. Her kids would be better off without either of them.

  17. Sara says:

    I hope for the children’s sake she doesn’t go to jail as much as I loathe her. The kids need their mother and no way Joe could handle four kids on his own. I shutter to think of it.

    • NeNe says:

      I personally think those kids do not need a mother like that. No doubt the kids will be well taken care of while they are locked away, and will hopefully learn morals and manners. As far as I can tell, they certainly haven’t learned them with their so called parents.

  18. Tig says:

    As someone who watched the first show that launched this plague- the RHW of OC- I have to ask- when did Bravo decide- let’s find the most obnoxious, false and alround icky people and put them on TV? The last RW episode I ever watched was the one where this piece of work went ballistic at a family(?) gathering. They both conned a lot of folks for a long time, and hoped they enjoyed the ride. Wonder if Bravo has lined up another crook in training to take her place?

    • doloreschurch says:

      I think these people are all Bravo can find. What kind of person invites cameras into their homes to film their lives. And it’s not even their lives. It is some story arc they are following. But cameras in your home? You are asking for divorce or bankruptcy or addiction.

  19. Meggin says:

    Ugh, I feel bad for the kids but at the same time, I really think they need to pay for their mistakes. They give people from NJ/NY and Italian Americans a bad name.

  20. Jen34 says:

    Their level of consumption is disgusting. They deserve jail.

  21. Dawn says:

    They don’t face enough jail time and I mean real jail time. They knew what they were doing and the prospered off of it. I have heard that she will more than likely get probation and he will maybe do a year or two. That is just sick and wrong. We have people doing longer stints in prison for less and that is what pisses me off. And as far as their kids go they needed to think of that before they started cheating.

  22. The Original G says:

    I feel bad that their parents are celebrate criminals. I don’t feel bad their parents are going to jail.

    Oh, and apparently she can still afford a nose job.

    • emmie_a says:

      Did she get a nose job recently? It wouldn’t surprise me if she did. It looks like she got her hair and makeup professionally done for her court appearance and is wearing hair extensions — Where is she getting money for all this? Why hasn’t the gov’t frozen every single asset they have? Being the criminals they are, I’m sure they’re hiding everything right now.

  23. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    How is SHE a trophy wife? How?

  24. Hootysgram says:

    What this should tell everyone that has listened to her (and him) go on about how they couldn’t understand WHY this was happening to them….is that they both lie bold faced and continued to deceive everyone about their innocence. If you watch the show or any show she’s been on…she is dumber than a box of rocks and so is he. They didn’t concern themselves very with the affects it would have on the four children when they were scheming and defrauding everyone…so don’t pull out the NOBLE card now, Theresa. The kids should have been the reason you went without all the bling and the big house and fancy cars. Insisting one year Joe give you diamonds for Xmas. GET off the “wanna-be” wagon and live within your means…like the rest of us do! I think they’re getting off easy with so little time behind bars. They were advised by their attorney to plead guilty no doubt to lessen the time in the slammer. Lets hope BRAVO cuts them loose and lets them sink or swim on their own. No more recipe books with recipes you simply took from your mother and aunt…and made a bundle on. Bulls**t.

  25. Kate says:

    Her sister-in-law must be beside herself in feeling justified.. secretly of course.

  26. Mrs. Darcy says:

    Ugh, they both deserve jail time completely. BUT the fact that both parents would be taken away is something unusually traumatic and awful for the kids, I wouldn’t object to her serving house arrest. She should be forced to do major community service/something to show she hasn’t gotten off scott free. The proceeds from her books should go to charity. While I think she is abhorrent and unrepentant for her crimes, she is not the mastermind here, she probably signed whatever “Juicy” told her to sign before he dropped a shiny diamond in her lap. She really is dumb but she hasn’t physically harmed anyone and I’m sure far smarter white collar criminals have done worse and not served jail time.

    • emmie_a says:

      Far smarter white collar criminals have stolen LESS money and served MORE time. And it doesn’t matter if she physically harmed anyone. She stole 11 MILLION dollars! What about the small businesses and individuals she stole from? Those people will never see a dime. It’s absolutely sickening. And she absolutely deserves jail time. I don’t care if she has kids. She wasn’t thinking about the kids when she STOLE 11 MILLION dollars – so why should the legal system make her kids a priority?

      • Mrs.Darcy says:

        I agree she deserves jail time, as I said, but imo the trauma to the children does make this a special case. She is a dumb greedy woman, but she I doubt she would have gotten into this if it weren’t for her magnificent beast of a husband (I jest, he is grotesque and should rot in prison). If she was smart she would have pointed the finger at him and let him take the fall, they set their kids up to be orphans. Maybe they would be better off in another household, I guess Uncle Joey is gonna have to build a new McMansion (and yeah…where’s that money coming from?).