Well, at least there is some silver lining on the Guidice's excessive legal issues. A Bergen County, New Jersey Superior Court judge has dismissed the charges in a fraud case against Teresa Guidice. Woo hoo! Oh wait. I guess I should mention that they weren't those charges in that case. Small victories though, right?
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was cleared of any involvement in the mortgage fraud allegations brought against her by Juicy Joe's former business partner Joseph Mastropole. Fortunately, most of the charges against Joe have been dropped as well. Unfortunately, this case has nothing to do with the multitude of bankruptcy fraud charges which could mean jail time for Joe and Tre.
The Giudice's plea deals hit the court site yesterday and Tamara Tattles broke it down in simple terms. We've got some of the highlights for you, but for the full read, see TT!
Teresa's terms. First, she's pleading guilty to only 4 of the 41 charges she was indicted on. The feds agree in the plea deal to agree to drop charges 2-14, 16-21 and 26-35. The counts that stand are as follows:
Count 1: Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud - Max 20 years/ $250K Fine
Count 15 : Bankruptcy Fraud- Concealment – Max 5 years./ $250K Fine
Count 23 : Bankruptcy Fraud- False Oaths - Max 5 years./ $250K Fine
Count 36: Failure to make a Tax Return - Max 5 years./ $250K Fine
Rumor has it that Joe and Teresa accepted a plea deal and will appear before the U.S. District Judge Esther Salas on Tuesday to officially change their pleas for various fraud charges (41 counts of fraud and failure to file tax returns) from not guilty to guilty.
Each time I read new documents in the fraud trial ofJoe and Teresa Giudice, I practically break out in hives imagining the cost for each document, each piece of research, every billable minute the legal team is working away on their case. It's mind boggling. I'd give anything to see the total when all is said and done. The Real Housewives of New Jersey better go for at least another 30 seasons so Tre can pay her bill.
Teresa and Joe's attorneys filed some new documents in the federal fraud case yesterday. Teresa's attorneys are still trying to get more information from the prosecutors and you can feel their frustration in trying to get a few issues resolved. They reiterate their reasons for demanding that Teresa be severed from Joe for the trial and are asking for clarification on many of the counts. It's an interesting read, once again!
Some of the highlights are below, including a letter Joe's attorney filed that just states Joe's position on Teresa's requests. I tried to bold the more important and interesting statements for those who would prefer to skim. I cut out some of the longwinded wording, but tried to keep it as intact as I could.
If you think Bravo will shy away from showing the trials and tribulations of Teresa Giudice's federal fraud case in the upcoming season of Real Housewives of New Jersey, guess again. Andy Cohen opened up about Teresa, Taylor and all things reality TV in a new interview with TV Guide. He swears the Housewives franchise will be around for a long time to come.
First, Andy talked about what it's like no longer being an big wig executive at Bravo, "I believe it was January 3 when I woke up and for the first time in my life I didn't have a boss. So it's great. I'm continuing to host specials for Bravo, which I love doing. And I'm still an executive producer of all the Real Housewives shows."
When asked if it's because nobody else wanted that job, he shared, "No, quite the contrary! I wanted to and I believe that this franchise can go and go and go if we treat it delicately and properly. We're seeing with Real Housewives of Atlanta record numbers of any season ever. I care about it a lot."
Well, after some quiet time where their federal fraud trial is concerned,Teresa and Joe Giudice are keeping their attorneys busy in the new year. And while the attorneys are hard at work, the Giudices were off at play.
Joe's attorney filed a motion late last week, hoping to split Joe and Teresa's charges into two separate trials. Joe is hoping to take the blame for most of Teresa's signatures, etc., from the way it reads. They're also asking for information from the prosecution as to what particular pieces of unedited footage from The Real Housewives of New Jersey will be used against them.
There were 53 pages of fascinating reading in all, but we tried to trim it to the basics for you since we can't upload the entire tome. (boo, we know!)
Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice were indicted on 39-counts of money fraud earlier this week. Yesterday the couple was released on $500,000 bond each and it was discovered that Joe isn't even a U.S. citizen and faces deportation if convicted. So yeah, good times!
In August the couple meets back in court where both plan to enter Not Guilty pleas, but it's apparently Teresa will try to get out of jail time while Juicy does the dirty work. Hey – they do have four kids AND a reality television career to nurture!
Speaking of reality TV, Teresa's attorney Henry Klingeman is targeting Real Housewives of New Jersey as the reason Teresa and Joe are in such trouble. Oh rlllly…