Oops, she did it again! Teresa Giudice and husband Joe are now being indicted for a total of 41 counts of fraud. The feds have added two NEW counts to the current charges!
The authorities shared today that the two additional counts are related to a $361,000 mortgage loan that Teresa took out in July of 2005. Teresa claimed on the loan application that she was employed as a realtor making $15,000 per month. But the fact is that Teresa wasn't even employed outside the home at the time!
Teresa's attorney says she will plead not guilty to these new charges as well. “As she did with respect to the allegations contained in the original Indictment, Teresa intends to plead ‘not guilty’ to the allegations in the new indictment. She looks forward to defending herself. … Beyond that, we will answer all of the charges in court, not out.”
Who cares about illegally obtaining a driver's license when you're facing 39 counts of fraud stemming from declaring bankruptcy? It seems as if Real Housewives of New Jersey'sJoe Giudice is never going to stand trial for allegedly using his brother's identification to get a driver's license when Juicy's was suspended.
While his trial was supposed to be this coming week, has been delayed yet again. Now Joe will have to face the music in mid-2014 after he stands trial for the federal fraud charges with wife Teresa.
Anyway, Teresa says she plans to continue with her career on Real Housewives of New Jersey and as for accusations that she's not taking her legal situation seriously, she said putting on a stoic face is all for the sake of her children.
“Look — every family has problems. Nobody’s perfect,” Teresa tells In Touch Weekly (does she have a contract with them again?!). “I have to be strong for my kids.” Yeah, nobody's perfect but most of us imperfect people manage to avoid allegedly defrauding the government of millions. Teresa and Joe have plead not guilty and plan to contest the situation in a trial scheduled for this February.
Joe was in court yesterday afternoon to hash out any final plea deals, but the Real Housewives of New Jersey star turned down several offers over the past few months. Joe has been standing his ground because those deals all included a hefty amount of jail/prison time and he doesn't feel that's fair when compared to similar cases.
So, off to trial he goes, leaving his fate in a jury's hands. Joe faces up to 10 years in prison for the fraud portion of his charges and up to 18 months for forgery. (both seem like such small potatoes when compared to the 50 years he's facing for the federal fraud charges next year..)
Teresa better getting hustling some more products – their legal bills just keep piling up.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK JUICY WILL SERVE TIME FOR THIS?
Our favorite reality TV stars can't get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to Twitter to share even more of their daily lives with us. And we love them for it! Here's a roundup of some of our favorite photos from the Twitterverse this week! Enjoy!
So let's talk about what happened. Andy Cohen has obviously been watching a lot of old episodes of 20/20 and he put on his hard-hitting interviewer costume to ask all the really deep questions we've been obsessively tweeting him for seasons. A sign of end times? Also everyone behaved like an adult for the most part. Probably because three-fourths of the people on that stage aren't coming back next season and had nothing to lose or gain. I personally enjoy Jacqueline Laurita much better when her sequins are flying out of her seat and shimmering with rage.
Was Kathy Wakile even there? I wouldn't have even noticed her except she was rocking a low-rent version of Melissa Gorga's blackout eyes that she was sporting all season. It was so much black she looked like a panda bear. Speaking of pandas, since the government shutdown I can't watch the baby panda cam on the National Zoo website. Get it together federal government! Get it together Kathy's makeup team!
Case in point? Rosie has been tapped to co-host the red carpet pre-show for the American Music Awards with none other than Lance Bass on November 24th. At last week's nominations ceremony, Rosie put in her two cents about the mounting legal woes faced by Teresa Giudice and husband (and Rosie sidekick) Juicy.