This weekTeresa Giudiceand Joe Giudice finally faced the inevitable and pled guilty for their 41 counts of federal fraud charges. Teresa has expressed her shame for what this has done to her daughters and vowed not to speak publicly about the matter again. Until Barbara Walters or Oprah comes a'callin' I'm sure!
Faced with an insurmountable indictment, the Real Housewives of New Jerseystar is subject to a sentence of 21 – 27 months but Judge Esther Salas has the final say in just how long – if any – Teresa will serve in prison. Perhaps Joe may just be headed to the slammer solo! Teresa's attorney explained to People that Teresa has a strategy for convincing the Judge why she should be permitted to remain a free lady.
"Teresa's plan is to explain to the court both how she ended up in this mess to begin with as well as how she has made a life for herself and the girls that will see them through it," her lawyer Henry Klingeman revealed. "We have the right to ask for probation and we are going to."
In case you haven't heard Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice are in big time trouble and face a mounting 41-count federal indictment for several different types of fraud.
In light of her legal woes, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star, whose troubles will be featured on the upcoming season, insists she's staying strong and trying to make the best of a bad situation for the time being. “I can’t just be upset and crawl up in a ball and just go in a room and — and lock the door. I can’t. I’m a mom. I have four daughters,” Teresa tells ABC News.
Teresa does admit that it's hard to get through the day, however, and in private she is falling apart. "I would be lying to say I didn’t, you know, that’s not happening,” she shares. The hardest part, she says, is "my kids going through this." Should have thought of that BEFORE, you know, lying and defrauding! "I'm a role model for them," Teresa explains. A role model of what NOT to do!
Federal prosecutors are attempting to block Teresa Giudice's primary defense tactic to be tried separately from her husband Joe Giudice. Teresa and Joe's reasoning behind the petition for separate trials is a clause known as "marital privilege" which states spouses are not required to tell incriminating information against each other. Prosecutors argue that any voluntary testimony disbands that right.
In a 47 page memorandum presented to the judge on Wednesday, prosecutors argued against the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars' attempt for separate trials, stating: “Teresa and [Joe] appear to share the hope that each may have a better chance of acquittal in a separate trial … This, however, is not sufficient basis to sever two defendants charged as participants in the same conspiracy and fraudulent scheme.”
If you recall, the Giudices' alleged defense scheme is to make Joe take the fall by claiming Teresa didn't know what she was signing. Joe maintains that he wants a separate trial so he can testify in support of this notion that he was the "brains" (HAHAHAHAHA) behind the schemes while Teresa was an innocent victim.
With all the legal disasters currently populating Teresa Giudice's life at least one thing is going in her favor – she won't have to move her kids out of the marble remnants tackery she refers to as home. Whew!
A bankruptcy court recently ruled that the Real Housewives of New Jersey star will not have sell her home to repay debts. Radar Online discovered court documents pertaining to the case where the trustee of Teresa and Joe Giudice's home filed a motion on December 23, 2013 for the Giudices to "abandon" their home because it's of “inconsequential value” to their estate.
Translation: it would be too difficult for the trustee and the state to handle the sale of such a garish property so it's worth more in the Giudice's hands (with them presumably paying property taxes and a mortgage) that it is being sold outright to pay off old debts since it would not generate enough money to make a significant dent.
Teresa took to Twitter to share a few snaps from the night and to gush about helping such a worthy cause.
I know that Teresa was involved with Nephcure before the Federal indictments were handed down, but I'm sure her new crisis PR management team, headed up by Wendy Feldman, is encouraging her to do anything that looks good right now.
Wendy spoke out yesterday to E!, explaining how she and Teresa got connected and why we should feel bad for the Giudices during this stressful time.
Teresa Giudice is having like the worst year in the history of bad years. I would say things can only get better but with her federal fraud trial scheduled to begin in February 2014, I don't believe that's true!
This week Teresa and husband Joe Giudice were charged with an additional two indictments for Bank Fraud and Loan Application Fraud, bringing the total number of charges to a whopping 41! FORTY-ONE counts, people! FORTY-ONE. Seriously – I am still in disbelief about the 39 original counts, my brain can't handle more! #CheckMyCharges
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.