Teresa Giudice sentenced to 15 months in prison; her husband got 41 months

Teresa and Joe Giudice seen leaving the Federal Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey
After multiple delays, Teresa and Joe Giudice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey finally faced sentencing in their fraud case Thursday. The two were indicted in July for 41 counts of federal fraud including bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in prison while her husband, Joe, received 41 months. The couple was also ordered to pay $414,588 in restitution to the court, with $200,000 due immediately. (Which of course the Giudices did not pay despite knowing about the fine since March.) Teresa’s request to receive house arrest in lieu of prison time was denied. The prison stays will be staggered in order to allow one parent to stay at home with their four daughters at a time. Teresa will report to prison on January 5th, enabling her to spend the holidays with her family.

The judge in their sentencing case, Esther Salas, at times grew frustrated with the Guidices. Salas referred to inconsistencies between Teresa and Joe’s financial statements in their 2009 bankruptcy case and the assets they reported to the feds for this case. She also admonished Teresa for failing to declare her jewelry, handbags and designer clothing. US Weekly has a good summary and there are more details at NJ.com. Here’s the summary from US Magazine:

During the hearing, Teresa’s attorney requested “downward departure,” which, according to NorthJersey.com, would have lowered her sentencing range “to allow probation and possibly home confinement.” Judge Salas rejected that request.

An attorney for the prosecution asked that Teresa serve at least 21 months in prison, arguing that a lighter sentence would send the message that you can lie to the court and commit bank fraud if you’re famous.

Like her husband, Teresa addressed the court prior to sentencing, at one point breaking down in tears. “Thank you for letting me address the court today. I wrote this last night because I get nervous when I speak,” she began. “I speak as a wife, a mother, and a daughter. Today I am blessed but I am also humbled. I hear you and what you are saying, and it is time for me to wake up.”

She went on to speak about her four daughters — Gia, 13, Gabriella, 9, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 4 — saying, “My daughters are my life. I don’t care about the TV show, or materialistic things. My daughters are all that I care about, and I feel so bad that my 13-year-old has any idea what is going on with all of this. I am more sorry than anyone will know. The silver lining is that I can learn and show my daughters. I know everything happens for a reason, and I hope I can find that reason.”

Judge Salas, for her part, stressed that she was disappointed with the stars’ handling of their financial disclosure forms. “For a moment I thought about probation, until I read the government’s report. What you did in the financial disclosure really sticks in my craw,” she said in her ruling. “It’s what the court has a problem with.”

She went on to say that while Teresa was “not as bad as [her] husband,” she was “complicit” in their crimes. “A lot of people are watching, and I need to send a message. It doesn’t matter who you are, how famous you are…When I boil down this case, it warrants incarceration,” Salas continued. “Mr. Giudice was the captain, and he will have to live with the sentence I gave him.
The first mate deserves a little break. I think a slight variance is warranted.”

[From US Magazine]

NorthJersey.com has an overview of Judge Esther Salas’s reasoning for sentencing:

- They failed to report their financial disclosures on time to court officials.
- They gave inaccurate information on the disclosure forms, possibly concealing assets.
- They showed little understanding of the gravity of the charges they faced and crimes they committed.
- Teresa’s failure to pay $200,000 at sentencing, which was part of the plea agreement, was another example her failure to respect the court.
- Given Teresa’s savvy as a businesswoman it “defied logic” that she wouldn’t understand she needed to disclose information to the court.
- Teresa needed to take responsibility for herself, stop relying on others and make her own decisions.
- They were trying to “keep up with the Joneses,” people who judge others for what they have.
- Teresa is a devoted mother.
- Teresa showed genuine remorse when she apologized to the court.

[From NorthJersey.com]

What’s more is that the couple’s bankruptcy discharge request was denied by another judge earlier this week. The Giudices were ordered to pay back the nearly $13.5 million that they owe creditors.

Joe was born in Italy and is not a naturalized citizen. He still faces deportation after he serves his sentence. Joe and Teresa will do their first post-sentencing interview on Monday in a very special episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. While I do have sympathy for the Guidice’s daughters, I believe this sentencing was fair.

Teresa and Joe Giudice seen leaving the Federal Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey

Joe and Teresa Gudice sentencing day

Joe and Teresa Gudice sentencing day

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  1. NewWester says:

    If they cared so much about their daughters they should not have lied and been so greedy. The only ones who suffer are the children. Teresa and “Juicy” Joe will now have time to really think about their actions. Both are gross

    • Tracy says:

      The only regret they have is getting caught. They lied up to the very end.

      For the kids sake I am glad their sentences are staggered.

      • Pandy says:

        I agree – they regret they were caught and lied right up until sentencing. I wonder if they had not been a tv couple and from a more visible minority if they would have received the staggered sentencing?

    • Anony says:

      Exactly. This is why GOOD PARENTS don’t commit crimes! Because they think of their children first and not themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also this quote “I know everything happens for a reason, and I hope I can find that reason.”
      Sometimes the ‘reason’ is that ‘you are stupid and make bad choices’. There, there’s your reason for you. I just saved you a ton of time. Your welcome.

    • qwerty says:

      What I was going to write exactly. They care about them now?

      Also, “. I know everything happens for a reason, and I hope I can find that reason.””

      Um, nothing “happened”. You DID this.

  2. Loopy says:

    Atleast one parent will be home with the girls.

    • Lex says:

      Maybe that’s not such a good thing… no child should ever have to visit a parent in gaol. How terrible.

      • Loopy says:

        I know, Teresa only got 15 months that would be tolerable if the girls were a bit older but i think they are all under 10. A couple just toddlers,they will definitely want to see their Mommy.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        They should have thought of that before they committed fraud out of pure greed. No sympathy for anyone but the children.

      • Enn says:

        Agreed, GNAT.

      • OriginalTessa says:

        My guess is she’ll be out in three months. They always are. Joe will serve a year tops.

      • almondey says:

        @OriginalTessa- federal prison is different from state prison. You can cut the sentence down through appeals but 85% of the original time sentenced has to be served; in this case, that’s 12 and 3/4 months which means she’ll be away for a minimum of a year and a maximum of her actual sentence which is 15 months. This is one of the differences between federal sentencing and state prisons. She’s definitely not gonna be out in 3 months and Joe will also end up serving a minimum of 80-85% of his 41 months as well.

      • emmie_a says:

        In Federal Prison you HAVE to serve the majority of your sentence (I think 85%?) so no, she won’t be out in a few months.

      • Tammy says:

        @originaltessa- They both were charged and sentenced under federal laws & you need to serve at least 85% of the sentence before being released…she enters prison January 5, 2015 and will most likely be out March 20, 2016. Joe will have to serve at least 34 months and 85 days.

      • Dani says:

        Loopy – he oldest is 113 but her youngest is like 4 or 5 if I’m not wrong.

  3. Enn says:

    No sympathy here. These two aren’t sorry for what they did; they’re sorry that they were caught.

    • JH says:

      Yep. Exactly.

    • emmie_a says:

      Exactly. And Teresa doesn’t care about TV but she’s doing WWHL?! And probably getting paid lots of money for her appearance, which she’ll hide from her creditors. I think she deserved closer to two years in prison but I’m just glad she didn’t get house arrest.

      • Pandy says:

        Run to the telly and get that cash! I’m glad she didn’t get house arrest too – that would have been pathetic.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        She doesn’t want to do WWHL – in fact, she and Andy have been on the outs recently – but she is required by contract to give Bravo first refusal for an interview and Bravo has decided to enforce that right in order to get the sit-down with her and Joe pre-incarceration, which means the other deal(s) Teresa had in the works have all fallen through, having lost their gotcha value. It appears that she won’t get paid extra for the interview, since it’s part of her contract, so the money the couple stood to make (estimated to have been pretty juicy) has been lost. That could be called poetic justice for the greedy duo, but considering the money they owe their creditors, it does seem Bravo could have let them go elsewhere for this first interview.

      • Bridget says:

        This is a woman who showed up for a court date for bankruptcy fraud carrying a Birkin and wearing Louboutons. Nope, I can’t muster an ounce of sympathy.

        Hopefully this will be an epic lesson to their kids.

  4. Chrissy says:

    Hang your head in shame, Teresa. Hang your head in shame. Both are
    disgusting. I was hoping for more prison time for these grifters.

    • Blannie says:

      Me too. I wish they both would have gotten years. Slime and grifters and not repentant at all. And deport Juicy Joe when his sentence is done; or deport him now and save taxpayers money.

  5. lindy79 says:

    Did i read correctly elsewhere that they’ve STILL been spending money hand over fist during this court case and the judge called them out on it?

    As much as i feel for the kids, they always appeared to be superficial parents. More about spending money than teaching them respect, manners and how to be happy with what you have.
    Spending cash does not a good parent make.

    • Kiddo says:

      I’d say those kids are pretty screwed already, based on role-modeling, but I’m not a child psych. .

      • RJ says:

        The kids behave like little monsters (except for the quiet one-Gabriella?-she always has a “God please save me from these people” look on her face). Milania comes off as being borderline sociopathic.

      • Kiddo says:

        I don’t watch this show. I just based it on things I’ve read about the parents.

      • Jess says:

        Yes Gabriella is the only decent one, she even looks different than the rest and I don’t remember seeing her much on camera, hopefully she’ll turn out normal.

  6. Belle Epoch says:

    They’re sorry… sorry they got caught. I loathe these grifters for bilking hardworking people out of MILLIONS of dollars. Even after they got caught they kept cheating. If Theresa really cared about her daughters she would not have swindled, lied, and kept screwing people over in order to have a RIDICULOUS and undeserved lifestyle. I wonder if jail will make any difference for either one of these creeps?

    • tracking says:

      I don’t know much about this case, but horrible if true (my only question is why 400K in restitutions rather than millions). Not that I had any doubt they are disgusting.

      • Squiggles says:

        According to the article, they lost the bankruptcy case earlier this week. This means that they HAVE to pay back the millions to the creditors PLUS the $400,000 in restitution.

      • Pandy says:

        You’ve been on a tv show for years and you’re trying to claim bankruptcy to get out of paying your prison fine? That’s nerve.

      • Tammy says:

        They filed bankruptcy well before being charged with any federal crime. They attempted to conceal assets in their bankruptcy case, it was discovered and that led to other charges.

  7. Kiddo says:

    The biggest punishment would be to drive them into obscurity, never to be seen again. And it would be the greatest reward for everyone else.

  8. Chris says:

    They’re no more corrupt than the government.

    • Veritas says:

      +1,000,000

    • Joh says:

      -10,000,000

    • Kristin says:

      And your point is what, exactly? That because government is corrupt the Giudice’s should walk because everyone is corrupt and so it doesn’t really matter? Yeah, it pisses me off when not everyone, especially the government, is held accountable for their crimes. But that only means we should jump at the chance to nail anyone who IS actually caught and can be held accountable.

  9. Marmaduke45 says:

    “I know everything happens for a reason, I hope I can find that reason.”

    I think the 41 counts of various bank, wire and mail fraud she and her husband committed just might be a good starting place to begin looking for that reason.

  10. Jayna says:

    They were buying vehicles, recreational vehicles, furnishings, lots of clothing months before the sentencing, not disclosing it. What are you spending crazy if you are in bankruptcy and also about to be sentenced and if that doesn’t look bad enough, you don’t get your financials in to the judge on time and then lie on the documents.

    The judge was disgusted with them.

    • anne_000 says:

      And when the judge got mad at their continuing non-disclosures of recent expensive purchases including cars and construction equipment, they blamed their accountant! Omg…

      Like they don’t have the phone numbers to their lawyers or the federal prosecutors? Why would the accountant be responsible when they could have easily let their lawyers know they needed to disclose all these new and expensive purchases?

      They never change and that’s why there were reports that the judge scolded them to the point where they started tearing up in front of her.

  11. decorative item says:

    I love that the judge would not let them go into backruptcy. Ha! Now spend the next 20 years paying back what you owe and perhaps then you will understand the value of a dollar.

    • emmie_a says:

      I don’t understand how they’re still spending. Shouldn’t there be liens on their accounts until they pay back their creditors?? … And knowing they owed 200k as part of their plea – but still spending. They suck.

  12. Anniefannie says:

    It takes a special gall to grift people out of millions of $$’s and then when caught lie to the courts about the assets you have to make restitution. That clearly shows the judge and prosecutors you’ve learned nothing!!
    There poor daughters are suffering from their complete lack of morals and they just keep at it…

  13. Lucy2 says:

    I’m glad they both have to do time, but even more so that they aren’t off the hook with their debts. I’m sure they will never fully pay them back, but this should be the end of them living like kings on someone else’s dime.
    I feel sorry for their children having such terrible role models, but they’re lucky the court is allowing the parents to stagger their jail time.

  14. Barrett says:

    I also can not for the life of me understand how dumb they could be while in the spotlight? Not filing taxes, continuing to lie about assets, spending, taxes. I wonder if time in the slammer will give her time to think ab separating her life from his and divorcing or will she clung to him bc they are in the same boat? She will soon have no makeup on, no hair people, and have to do body cavity checks. She will write a book after prison and continue her media tour to make money. Disgusting morons.

  15. Jen34 says:

    The judge did a good job. I feel sorry for the people they owe money to. People ‘s lives depend on getting paid for their services. I hope the Guidices didn’t ruin anybody’s business or life when they didnt pay their bills.

  16. Talie says:

    I watched this show since the beginning and Teresa, more than any other Housewife in history, has a singular ability to deny reality. She doesn’t even like to apologize for something she clearly did wrong. She probably won’t do the full 15 months, but hey, I’m sure it will be a minimum security facility.

    • almondey says:

      I commented above: In Federal prison you have to serve the majority of your sentence (I think 85%?) so no, she won’t be out in a few months. Which actually makes me really happy!

      Also, @Talie- I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been watching since season 1 as well and I don’t think there’s one thing that Teresa has ever apologized for and then not made some snarky non-apology to every single cast member. It’s worsened by the fact that these aren’t just castmates for her–in a lot of cases, she’s had this kind of denial about her wrongdoings to her own brother, cousins, and family. it’s incredulous to watch.

  17. kellybean says:

    If she thinks living in a house that someone has already lived in is “gross”, how is she going to deal with a prison cell that many have previously lived in?

    • whatsmyname? says:

      Did she really say that? omg

    • girlygirl410 says:

      No flipping tables either…they are bolted to the ground! Also, remember how mean she was to Danielle Staub about her past legal problems, I think Teresa tops her now!

    • Anony says:

      OH MY GOSH! LOL I forgot about that! SHe totally did say ‘used’ houses were gross….wow she’s going to have a heartattack in her new ‘used’ cell and ‘used’ clothes> !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Neelyo says:

    No sympathy at all. And I think it’s gross that she’s using her children as an excuse to not be punished. She wasn’t worried about them when she was committing the crimes. She’s no different than any other criminal with children, except that she’s on TV.

  19. aang says:

    I never see the point of prison for non violent offenders of any kind. They are not a danger to my safety so I would prefer to see them working, doing community service and paying fines instead of costing us money. Prison usually turns people into worse criminals and society is worse off when they are released.

    • OriginalTessa says:

      Could not agree more. But I think it’s more the threat of prison stopping potential criminals that keeps prison as the top punishment for serious crimes. There’s nothing bigger you can threaten someone with in this society.

    • emmie_a says:

      I totally see the point: Let them SUFFER for their crimes.

    • almondey says:

      @aang and @originaltessa- the point of punishment (for some of us) is that it serves as a deterrent to people who may commit the crimes in the future and the people who have already committed the crime (like teresa and joe). if there was no punishment and no fear of doing this again, they’d continue to do it and pay restitution if and when they’re caught at some point. sending them to jail greatly discourages them from doing this again, ever because there’s real repercussions other than just working hard and repaying it back to creditors and sitting in a 10,000 sq ft. home for house arrest. it sends a message to society that white collar crime and defrauding creditors of millions is a criminal act and criminal acts = jail time.

      • Tammy says:

        Unfortunately prison is not a deterrent, even when they were charged with the crimes they kept doing what they were doing and ultimately landed in prison. Sad part is, if they had done a complete reversal, paid the restitution, submitted accurate information about their financials both of them would have received probation or house arrest. It was their actions, after, that landed them the prison sentence.

  20. lowercaselois says:

    Just wait ,when Teresa gets out of prison, Bravo will offer her a reality show on Teresa and the girls getting back on their feet. I don’t feel sorry for them in the least. Some of those federal prisons are called country clubs.

    • emmie_a says:

      Oh yeah. Shows, appearances, book deals, etc. I just hope the government controls the profits (and pays her creditors the $13 million) before she sees a dime.

    • girlygirl410 says:

      I would watch the show because I want to see how the kids are after a year alone with their dad. Now I am going to go in the corner and hide my face in shame for admitting this.

      • Anony says:

        Oh I fully agree. I want to know how this plays out for them and whether they learn anything. I also want to see all the former/current cast reactions to the sentences.

    • HappyMom says:

      I was just coming on here to say this. She’ll be back on tv. She’ll be milking this experience for cash and fame.

  21. Calabar says:

    The first season of this show was weird. I remember they paid cash of everything, $1,500 cash for this. $2,000 cash for this. I said to my self something “ain’t right here”

    If you are going to be on these shows, you really have to be carefully how you flaunt your money because the IRS is watching you.

    • Tracy says:

      I heard about that so I went and watched on Hulu. When they had all of the furniture delivered to that monstrosity of a house they paid for it in cash. Had to be at least $50,000 and I would not be surprised if it was much more.

      They are thieves but they are not very bright.

    • Sassy says:

      It is “money laundering”. Getting rid of ill gotten money obtained by nefarious means.

  22. Mischa Jane says:

    They were actually EACH ordered to pay $414,000. It wasn’t a sum total for the couple. Yet another story on this site that fails to give full details.

  23. MY TWO CENTS says:

    Joe came up with what he thought was a great scheme to get money and pretend to be wealthy for the show. Just didn’t think they would get caught. I am sure there is a whole lot of pressure to appear wealthy to get on these housewives shows and an even greater pressure to act wealthy when filming. These New Jersey people are all putting on an act as are many others on other reality shows.. Its a tossup whether the Gorgas or that Jackie girl and her hub will be next. I guess some of these people are so driven to be on tv they will do anything to make it on these shows. The salary from the show is probably the most money they have ever made. My guess is they will just move to Italy when Joe gets out and start over trying to act wealthy in a new country with no debt there. I always heard if you have to go to prison then federal prison is the best place to be. Lucky them.

    • anne_000 says:

      I haven’t heard about the Gorgas getting into financial/legal troubles but I have heard about Chris’ (Jackie’s husband) to which Jackie gave a non-explanation to recently on WWHL.

      • RJ says:

        Chris and Jackie were ordered to pay back over $1 million to investors they were cheating out of company profits for personal use.

  24. Green Is Good says:

    Worst punishment for Teresa will be no weekly waxing in the slammer.

  25. MissTrial says:

    “I don’t care about the TV show, or materialistic things”

    Since when? Sick of these reality TV jerks using their infamy/pseudo fame to behave like above-the-law boors.

  26. Sam says:

    I think their whole strategy was to play dumb. Honestly, even I find it tough to believe that Theresa would have the cranial capacity to execute such a scheme. Do I think Joe came up with most of it? Yes, I do. But she went along with it – and benefitted greatly from it, and that makes her culpable.

    I will say that I find it a bit odd that Joe claims he had no idea he wasn’t a citizen. I’ve seen it happen, but on the show a few seasons ago, didn’t they all go to Italy? And Joe has been arrested several times. I’m slightly skeptical that the question of his citizenship never, ever came up.

    • Kitten says:

      lol @ “cranial capacity”

      “I will say that I find it a bit odd that Joe claims he had no idea he wasn’t a citizen.”

      That is probably the most ridiculous part to me. You don’t know your citizenship?
      Mmmkay.

      • Sam says:

        Kitten: It’s not unheard of, but I just doubt Joe didn’t know. Usually people who don’t know live really unassuming lives, don’t leave the country and have never had trouble with the law. Joe has traveled to Italy before and he’s been arrested on multiple occasions. I also have a tough time believing that after 9/11, citizenship hasn’t become a big issue and that Joe would have been allowed to breeze around in and out of the country so easily. I don’t buy it for a minute. And the terrible part is that he probably could have been naturalized incredibly easily, and now he’s facing deportation (which I personally think is unlikely but still).

      • bluhare says:

        He has to have a green card if he’s worked in the US. He knows.

    • anne_000 says:

      Yes, they went to Italy during one season of RHONJ, so Joe would have had to use a passport. And to get a passport, he’d have had to name his place of birth, so he knew he wasn’t born in the US.

      I don’t remember but don’t driver’s licenses require place of birth info too? Same with getting a social security number. Unless he’s got a Tax ID instead which is what non-citizens have who don’t have a SSN.

      He used his brother’s ID to try to get a driver’s license when his own was suspended or revoked. So since he’s OK with lying to the government to get what he wants, I wonder if he lied about his place of birth or got a forged birth certificate when he got his passport, driver’s license, social security number/Tax ID, etc?

      • Sam says:

        Maybe prior to 9/11, I would believe that he could slip through the cracks. But after? I’ve had clients wait for months to get passport issues cleared up through the State Department because they were not born here. Heck, my brother-in-law is from Russia and he had to jump through hoops to be allowed to travel back and forth. I can’t believe that Joe never, ever once questioned this stuff.

        Maybe he thinks he was naturalized simply because he’s lived here so long? I have no clue. But he has a passport, he’s been arrested multiple times, he’s legally married – I just think it’s crazy that his citizenship never, ever came up.

      • RJ says:

        He still has to be tried for that driving license fraud. Everything I’ve read indicates it is highly likely he will be deported. But, Italy is a beautiful country, I wouldn’t mind living there.

      • bluhare says:

        If he had done all that he’d be an illegal immigrant and would definitely be deported once he’s served his time. I’ve lived here most of my life, was born elsewhere, and am still not a citizen. You know your citizenship. He can’t vote for godsakes!

  27. Gina says:

    I feel no pity for her. I honestly think she thought her “celebrity” status would save her, and in a way it did, as she could have had a much longer sentence. Flip that table now Teresa but you won’t get the attention you got the first time, at least not the way you hoped you would.

  28. floretta50 says:

    The irony of this, while most are commenting on how sad it is for their children, this thieving couple are still getting off better than millions who are mostly African Americans and get stiff sentences for simple marijuana possession, nobody gives a flip about their children, most of the time, their children have to go into foster care or live with relatives for years, totally destroying their families. Still brazen to go into court hiding assets the day of sentencing. Some people have it like that.

    • MissTrial says:

      Well said floretta . Brazen , in your face attitude to hide assets from the court .

      Twice the sentence for both would have been sufficient.

    • Tracy says:

      Well said, floretta. I do have sympathy for the Giudice kids but no more sympathy than I have for any other child that is in this situation through no fault of their own.

      These jerks should have thought about their kids long before they were spending millions that did not belong to them.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      That’s what I was thinking when I read that their sentences were staggered because of their kids. How many other kids, whose parents did something illegal had that happen to them? Especially when they’re poor. Such BS.

    • anne_000 says:

      That’s true. Many other parents don’t get the same consideration as the Giudices got. Joe doesn’t have to start his prison sentence until Teresa ends her 15-months. So he won’t be in jail until 2016!

      I guess you have to be rich and commit only white collar crimes even to the tune of MILLIONS of dollars.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s what I was alluding too as well – in that respect, compared to many of the children of inmates, these kids are pretty lucky they will always have a parent with them. And they’ll probably be sentenced close enough for the kids to visit.

    • ol cranky says:

      and children of non wealthy criminals end up in foster care, the judge doesn’t stagger a sentence because the kids need their mom

  29. ToodySezHey says:

    How in all hells do you allow yourself to get 13.5 million on debt.

    No sympathy when they flaunted their gaudy McMansion on tv, complete with a suit of armor. These sociopaths are why the country is in a shit hole financially. Pure unfettered greed.

    I’m glad the judge gave them time.

  30. L says:

    One thing is for sure: that prison food is not going to be Fabulicious.

  31. lolalulu says:

    She will find a way to make money off this. Whether it be to “write” a jail bird tell-all or publicly leave him while he is serving his sentence (and get a post-divorce reality show), don’t underestimate her. The grift never ends. Hopefully, that’s how her creditors will get some of their money back.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they do a fake divorce thing like Tori Spelling or Courtney Stodden/that old creeper, to get money when it’s all said and done. I don’t think Theresa will ever leave him–if anything, he’ll leave her, and that’s only if he finds some sugarmama. And he ain’t pretty OR rich, so I don’t see that happening.

      • Bridget says:

        It would take something massive for the 2 of them to divorce – she hung on through the blatant cheating, and now the bankruptcy fraud. I would think that if they were going to split, it would have been earlier in the process in an attempt to save her own skin.

        And TV/books/etc is the only way they’ll even be able to make a dent in that debt. For 2 people that spent like crazy they don’t have the assets to prove it. Their house is underwater and it would be a stretch for them to get their asking price even in the best of circumstances. The Shore house isn’t worth a lot, and even their luxury vehicles are several years old. Teresa and Juicy Joe will be hustlingfor that $$$.

    • lucy2 says:

      That was my thinking when they were trying for bankruptcy, and why I’m so happy the judge denied that and is making them pay it all back. Otherwise they’d have ended up profiting while all those they owe suffered.
      She can get all the reality shows and book deals she wants later, if it helps restore what they stole from others.

      • hmmm says:

        She’ll be asking for cash. I understand she’s asked for cash in the past. I bet they squirrelled away a lot of money and will continue to do so.

        I hope he’s deported, but they’re good at playing the ‘family’ card (oh the drama). To some extent it’s true, I believe- they all stick together, criminal activity and all. I doubt that anyone in their extended circle respects the law.

  32. jamie says:

    I wonder is Joe and Melissa are being checked out by the feds.

  33. QQ says:

    The tiniest violin is being played by my classically trained ant for these two morons… Is super mournful and all

    If anything this will show their daughters that even world class grifters and superficial folks eventually have their comeuppance

  34. Steph says:

    I am glad justice was served,I thought the judge was lenient,I only wish people who work for the government are prosecuted as well for their fraud. Look at Jon Corzine the former governor of New Jersey who mysteriously lost one billion dollars of investors money. It is really nice to have friends in high places. Google it and you will understand where I am coming from.

  35. Triple Cardinal says:

    How I’d love to see the look on her face when she encounters the prison showers. And her first meal of prison-grade food.

    Who wants to lay odds she’ll act up in prison and be reprimanded?

  36. Someonestolemyname says:

    I always wonder why some of those ladies with questionable things going on in their lives, go on those shows, it hardly ever ends well for any of them.

  37. Alexis says:

    I have no sympathy for these two. They filed for bankruptcy after season 1 of HW and were still spending money ON THE SHOW as if they weren’t broke. So yea any sympathy I had left then. Also the fact that they were still lying in court docs yesterday told me they weren’t sorry about anything. I feel for their 4 kids but they got themselves into this mess. Fed prison and chances are Joe will be deported. Smh

  38. peggalina says:

    Fair, I think their sentences were more than fair. Yes, I feel for their children, but Joe and Teresa should be the two people in this world who care the most for their daughters. Their actions don’t sho that. Are they sorry? Yes, that they got caught. Where was all this love and concern when they were commuting their crimes? Do children need their parents? Absolutely! But it makes me sick to think the judge made it so they could serve their sentences one after the other so that one parent could be home with their children. We have men and women in our military, who fight and protect this country, who have to serve overseas. There are many times when both a husband and wife must leave at the same time to be on active duty in a war zone. Their children are left without either parent. And how many service people miss Christmas with their children? To think thst these too, now convicted felons, get better consideration than our military is shameful. They should have both gone to jail immediately. No one is saying leave the girls home alone. They have family the girls could live with. They have both already received so much special treatment is ridiculous. Teresa hasn’t paid the $200,000 she was ordered to pay awhile ago. Why, it should have been paid immediately when ordered. And I am sorry Joe’s dad past away, but once again their court date was pushed back to allow them time to grieve. Military people don’t get two months off if a parent dies. Joe and Teresa aren’t even a shred as deserving of our military and all kinds of special considerations were given to them. Shame on the judge for allowing this to happen.

  39. pnichols says:

    I understand that people are saying they got what they deserve. Agree. But my other side can’t help but think there are way more corrupt people in this world getting away with it. Famous and non-famous. With that said I find not joy in what happened to them. Its truly sad for all parties involved. Hopefully after all that has transpired they do actually learn something. I have no hate for them, just hope that they really use this situation to become better. At the end of the day, yes my heart breaks for their children. Staggered sentences or not, this is forever going to be a part of their lives. Unfair.

  40. peggalina says:

    I personally have nothing against Joe or Teresa. And I think anyone that hopes for the worst for others is just sad. That’s being said, what happened is called, being an adult and having consequences to your actions. Of course there are others who are and do far worse than the Guidices but if punishment was only based on that criteria, then only one person would be imprisoned. I dont know how it can be considered “unfair” that they broke the law, were caught, had excellent lawyers to represent them, had their day in court, PLEADED guilty, and our now being punished (Teresa’s jail sentence was even less than the prosecutor’s recommendation of 21 months). Unfair that they get to spend the holidays together and have staggered sentences. What happened to them could be described using a lot of words, but I don’t believe unfair is an accurate one. I truly wish the best for both of them and their children. We all make mistakes, that is not what defines us, it is how we handle ourselves after that does.

  41. lizzie k says:

    Maybe I’m alone in this, but I find the sentencing ridiculous. I’m sick and tired of slaps on the wrists for white collar criminals, whose crimes affect ALL of us in the form of increased costs of borrowing money, buying products, paying taxes, and dealing with all the B.S. regulations and laws enacted on all of us to try to stop these crooks and liars. No prison until after the holidays? Staggered terms so a crook can be with the kids at all times? Give me a break. We give teenagers harsher punishments than this for stealing a pack of smokes.

    • almondey says:

      you go, @lizziek! i couldn’t agree more.

    • Anony says:

      I agree that the whole “You can go to jail…after the holidays” was a bit ridiculous. Although, I guess it would be less scaring for the children …

  42. Caz says:

    Happy Days. I’m glad these low-lifes get jail time. Should have been more though.

    Surely there are more suitable family members who can take care of the children? They don’t deserve their parents.

  43. EMR says:

    These people are so sleazy and I wouldn’t be surprised if she got pregnant again just to avoid the 15 months. Not that it matters, it’s probably at one of the “Country Club” prisons.

  44. SillySimone says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that Joe is in the mob and likely signed his wife’s name on everything without her knowledge. Let’s face it, she is not terribly bright.

    • RJ says:

      They verified it was her signatures, her claim was that she just signed what he told her too. They are both pretty dumb, but she’s shown herself to be a savvy woman with building her empire. They are both guilty as sin.

  45. lindy loo says:

    Frankly, I think both of them got off with lenient sentences. In spite of all their crying to the judge, what they’re really saying is they’re sorry they were caught. These two clowns are only relevant because of a stupid reality show.

  46. LAK says:

    For such public people ie on a reality show, they are awfully brazen.

  47. BeckyR says:

    I don’t think the TV show had that much to do with it. I think Teresa is basically a spoiled, selfish person with a heightened sense of entitlement and Joe tried everything to appease her. The money she made from Bravo was gasoline on the fire. Sadly, I think the only appeal Teresa has is as a FREAK. She should be ashamed of herself but she isn’t…..lied to the very end. Disgusting!