Teresa Giudice and Husband Joe Face New Fraud ChargesBy: Meaghan Ellis - November 19, 2013
If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. That’s definitely the case where Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, and her husband Joe are concerned. Things just got a little more complicated for the reality TV couple.
Today, US Weekly reported that the famed couple now faces additional indictment charges in Newark, NJ federal court on top of the 39-count indictment they were previously charged with. The courts have tacked on two additional charges.
According to court documents, the Giudices were accused of furnishing embellished documents and falsifying records and information on loan applications. The loans they acquired equated to more than an estimated $5 million over a span of eight years. The period of time in question was actually several years before the couple joined the cast of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” in 2009.
While the couple who celebrated their 14th anniversary last month, both entered “not guilty” pleas, the charges and physical documentation are rather incriminating. The original 39 counts include charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and falsifying information on loan applications.
According to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, the couple will appear in court in Newark, NJ for the additional charges on Nov. 20. Fishman went on record stating that the new charges are derived from a $361,250 mortgage loan that Teresa Giudice acquired in 2005.
“In the course of obtaining the loan, she and Giuseppe Giudice prepared a loan application which falsely stated that Teresa Giudice was employed as a realtor and that she had a monthly salary of $15,000,” Fishman stated. “Teresa Giudice was not employed outside the home at the time.”
The Bravo TV stars are both free on $500,000 bond each. However, the couple had to surrender their passports. If convicted of the alleged charge, both have the possibility of facing up to 30 years in prison, and fines of approximately $1 million a piece.