UPDATE: Teresa & Joe Giudice Sentencing Has Been Set

 

UPDATED: Joe Giudice Sentenced To 41 Months of Prison Time While Teresa Giudice Gets 15 Months In Federal Fraud Case!

UPDATE: Teresa Giudice has been sentenced to prison for 15 months. She will begin serving her sentence January 5, 2015.  Teresa will serve her sentence ahead of her husband Joe so that he can care for their children.

Time to face the music. Seven months after they pled guilty to several counts of fraud, Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice reappeared in federal court for their sentencing hearing on Thursday, Oct. 2.

According to an account from NJ.com, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas began the hearing by scolding the couple for “inconsistencies and omissions” in their financial disclosure paperwork. “They had an obligation to be transparent and candid and open with the court, and I don’t think I got that,” the site quotes Salas as saying. “I want to understand the disconnect.”

Per NorthJersey.com, Joe was sentenced to a 41-month term in prison with a restitution payment of $414,558.00 Teresa has yet to receive her sentence, but the site reports that she won’t serve at the same time as her husband.

Joe’s sentence is more or less in keeping with what his attorney, Miles Feinstein, expected for him. After they entered a guilty plea on March 4, Feinstein told Us Weekly that while Joe would probably spend some time in prison, Teresa might be able to get off with a lighter sentence.

Those terms are more or less in keeping with what Joe’s attorney, Miles Feinstein, expected for the couple. After they entered a guilty plea on March 4, Feinstein told Us Weekly that while Joe would probably spend some time in prison, Teresa might be able to get off with a lighter sentence.

“We’re hoping Teresa does not go to jail,” he said at the time, suggesting probation as a possible alternative. “The great likelihood is that Joe will get some jail time. There’s no doubt about it. It’s just a matter of how long.”

As reported earlier this year, Joe took the bulk of the responsibility in the case against them, pleading guilty to five counts of bankruptcy and mail fraud, compared with Teresa’s four. (The Bravo stars — who have four daughters together; were indicted for a total of 41 counts back in July 2013.)

Following their March court appearance, Teresa released a statement to UsWeekly addressing her legal woes. “Today I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago,” she shared. “I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus I intend to address the court directly at sentencing. I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse to Judge Salas and the public.”

She went on to lament the toll her past decisions had taken on her kids, saying, “I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family — especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world. Beyond this, I do not intend to speak specifically about the case outside of court, at the recommendation of my attorney and out of deference to the government and our legal system.”

At least some of the saga has been documented, however, on the sixth season of RHONJ. In one recent episode, after she and Joe pled guilty in court, Teresa bemoaned her legal situation, saying, “I can’t believe that this is my life.”

The Giudices were originally supposed to appear before a judge for sentencing in July, but the hearing was rescheduled when Joe’s father, Frank Giudice, died unexpectedly at age 63 in June.

 

source: NorthJersey.com, Yahoo, UsWeekly, BravoTV, backstageol

3 thoughts on “UPDATE: Teresa & Joe Giudice Sentencing Has Been Set

  1. Well, another site- ABC News reported Theresa got 15 months jail time along with Joe’s 41 months. The jail times will not be at the same time. Theresa goes to jail the beginning of January, The inconsistencies in their financial paperwork was Theresa left off a few cars, claimed no jewelry and the furnishings in their home was only valued at 25K, Will she ever learn. Their lawyers claimed they told them to not be on the RHoNJ, but they said it was there only source of income and had to be on the show.. Really? Theresa’s cookbooks, wine, hair care line(which I never really thought she had much to do with other than the name and spokesperson) and Joe’s business which had slowed down.. The lawyers also said Bravo MADE them look bad, forcing them into situations. Their actions and what they said was on them. This was a judges’ ruling and she based everything on the facts, and the facts were they were guilty. I feel terrible for their girls, 1000%, but that is where it stops. The only thing Therese admitted to on the show was maybe being with some people who were speaking ill of or lying about her sister-in-law and brother and not saying anything or stopping it.-Really????Well, she admitted to wrong doing now and she will have to pay the price.- She can write a book about her experience- with the help of a writer of course. Stealing 5 million and only having to pay back 414K is crazy. That is part of his sentence. She will write a book when she gets out- with the help of a writer. I am glad they are going to jail, I know I would be.

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  2. To make this story even more bizarre, I saw them speaking with Andy Cohen and he asked them why they took the plea knowing there would be jail time. Teresa said she didn’t fully understand the plea, she put her fate in her lawyers, that is why they hired them and she trusted them that they would take care of it. He also asked, why did they omit items from their financial statements, the judge had said she thought of giving her probation, but the omissions showed her lack of respect of the law. She said they gave all the info they wanted, which implied the lawyers screwed it up. When asked what the conversation was like with the lawyers after that, she said, there was no conversation, the sentence was given and that was that. If that is true………they shouldn’t be paying those huge legal bills they say they have. They had not yet told their youngest 3 girls of any of this, and they sent their 3rd and 8th grader to school, when asked if they were afraid someone would bring it up to them in school, she said no, she didn’t think so. I think the whole thing is SHE DOESN”T THINK. One thing I do think is true, her husband gave her papers to sign and she just signed them, no questions asked. Dumb but I don’t think she knowingly did anything wrong as far as these charges. Part 2 on their conversation with Andy is on Thursday I believe, can’t wait to see what comes out of their mouths then.

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    • I know Janet, it’s insane! You’re right; Teresa doesn’t think about anything! Of course kids at school are going to taunt their daughters about all of this. It’s what kids do and what Teresa and Joe did isn’t normal and it’s all over the media so there’s no hiding anything. I imagine that a lot of people in the Giudice’s hometown love to hate them too. It’s just the nature of the beast. The tip of the iceberg is Joe and Teresa being sentenced. I think it will soon snowball completely out of control for their family now. I hope it doesn’t for those girls, but their whole world is bound to get turned upside down due to their parents’ bad decision making. I wish I could make all of it disappear for the Giudice girls, but that’s impossible. Starting in January they will be without their mother for 15 long months. That’s a lot to miss out on. Birthdays, dance recitals, cheerleading, holidays, important school events, day to day conversations… Honestly, I don’t think Joe can handle to take care of those 4 girls by himself. I think his drinking will spiral out of control and consume him. What kind of parent can you be when you’re wasted all of the time? Who’s going to drive these girls to their activities and school? Joe doesn’t even have a valid driver’s license. It’s a huge mess!

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