In just over a month, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, will be back in court.
Last July, Teresa and Joe were indicted on 39 counts of fraud, including conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud, and on September 23, 2014, they will receive sentences for their crimes.
As fans watch the drama and anticipation of the Giudice’s upcoming trial on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” CableTV put together a full timeline of the couple’s legal troubles to help you remember all that’s happened so far.
July 29, 2013: According to an announcement made by New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, Teresa and Joe are accused of “conspiracy to defraud lenders and illegally obtain mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case.”
The indictment claims Joe failed to file tax returns from 2004 to 2008, during which he reportedly made nearly $1 million.
“Today is a most difficult day for our family,” Teresa said, in response to the charges. “I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me. I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the Government as quickly as possible.”
July 30, 2013: Teresa and Joe obtained separate attorneys. In a report by Reality Tea, the couple’s decision to use separate attorneys is referred to as “uncommon.” Teresa plans to enter a guilty plea in court, while Joe’s plea is not yet known.
August 14, 2013: Teresa and Joe enter pleas of “not guilty” during an appearance at the U.S. District Court. Neither party speaks before, during or after the hearing. After court, Joe’s attorney, Miles Feinstein, addressed the couple’s ongoing activities.
“We have told them to continue life as they’ve lived it,” Feinstein said. “They have contracts with Bravo and others, and they shouldn’t imprison themselves.”
U.S. District Judge Esther Salas set a trial date of Oct. 8.
September 6, 2013: Teresa and Joe’s trial date is moved from October 8, 2013 to February 24, 2014 as they face more than 50 years behind bars and over $600,000 in fines.
November 18, 2013: Two additional charges are tacked onto Teresa and Joe’s indictment – one count of bank fraud and one court of loan application fraud – bringing their total charges to 41.
November 20, 2013: Teresa hires crisis manager, Wendy Feldman, to prepare her for trial. In a statement to Us Weekly, Feldman explained her duties.
“I’m her legal coach and crisis manager,” Feldman said. “I have not been hired to prepare either Teresa or Joe Giudice for prison. In fact, most of my work is well-known as crisis management oriented. In addition, I am known as director of alternative sentencing at Cliffside Malibu where [Lindsay] Lohan recently was. However, I am acting as the legal coach and crisis manager only for Teresa Giudice.”
December 19, 2013: Teresa and Joe’s trial is pushed back to April and Bravo is “bummed” the footage won’t make it into “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” season six.
“They won’t get anything this season,” a source told Radar Online. “Now all they’ll get is Teresa talking about how she’s just trying to stay positive for her family.”
March 4, 2014: Teresa and Joe plead guilty to several mortgage and bankruptcy fraud charges, and Teresa releases a statement to Us Weekly.
“Today, I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago,” Teresa said. “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.”
As a result of their pleas, Teresa faces 21 to 27 months behind bars, while husband Joe faces 37 to 46 months. Teresa and Joe are given a sentence date of July 8.
June 20, 2014: Teresa and Joe’s sentencing is moved from July 8 to September 23, following the passing of Joe’s father, Frank Giudice. However, the reason for the move is noted as “an administrative issue.”
In addition to the jail sentences and fines they are facing, Joe is also facing a possible deportation. Currently a citizen of Italy, Joe can be sent back to his home country if deemed appropriate by the judge.
If they are given prison sentences, Teresa and Joe plan to request the judge stagger their sentences. Because they have four kids, they say it is important they aren’t behind bars at the same time.
During the August 17 episode of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Teresa opened up about issues during a vision board game with her co-star, Dina Manzo.
“We have a lot of issues legally,” Teresa said, after choosing the word “freedom” for her board. “It’s financially draining.”
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” airs on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
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