Individuals interested in reality television may follow the show: The Real Housewives of New Jersey. If so, they could also be aware of the charges two cast members are facing. The couple is facing criminal financial charges that have resulted in them having to move forward with a criminal defense.
Teresa and Giuseppe Giudice recently pleaded not guilty to more than one count of loan fraud as well as multiple federal charges for hiding income and lying on financial applications. This is not the Giudice's first run in with the court system. The most recent charges are the result of the couple making a false claim regarding Teresa's income as a real estate agent. Allegedly the couple stated she was making $15,000 a month, but she was apparently did not work outside the home at the time.
They are also still facing 39 criminal counts related to loan application charges. They allegedly submitted fraudulent mortgage as well as other loan applications for seven years and then filed bankruptcy the following year. Giuseppe is accused of not filing federal tax returns for several years where he allegedly earned close to $1 million. The couple is facing years in prison, $1 million in fines, and Giuseppe could be deported if convicted of the crimes because he is an Italian citizen.
Viewers are likely to follow this New Jersey case as it moves forward and the couple continues to build their criminal defense. When facing charges of this capacity that could result in not only large fines, but potential deportation, it can be critical for the couple to have proper representation and fully understand their rights. Hopefully with the proper knowledge, the couple can face the situation and resume a normal lifestyle as quickly as possible.
Source: Reuters, 'Real Housewives' stars plead not guilty to latest fraud charges, David Jones, Nov. 20, 2013