A federal judge won’t recommend that prison officials allow “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice (JOO’-dys) to serve most of her federal prison sentence in a halfway house.
A lawyer for Joe Giudice announced in court Wednesday that his client was turning down a deal that would have resolved false identification charges.
Teresa Giudice said the sentence of 15 months was “very unexpected,” as was the 41-month sentence doled out to her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, last Thursday in federal court in Newark.
Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice was sentenced to 41 months in prison Thursday and his wife, Teresa Giudice, was sentenced to 15 months behind bars on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges.
Under federal guidelines, Joe Giudice faces a potential sentence of 37 to 46 months and Teresa Giudice could get 21 to 27 months.
Joe and Teresa Giudice were arraigned Wednesday in federal court in Newark on one count of bank fraud and one count of loan application fraud.
Teresa and Guiseppe “Joe” Giudice entered a plea of not guilty before a federal judge Wednesday afternoon.
The couple is accused of exaggerating their income while applying for loans before their TV show debuted in 2009, then hiding their fortunes in a bankruptcy filing after their first season aired.
The couple submitted fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications from 2001 through 2008, a year before their show debuted on Bravo, making phony claims about their employment status and salaries, the indictment said.