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