Teresa Giudice, the loudmouthed drama queen on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," and her husband, Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, appeared in a Newark courtroom Tuesday to face the 39-count federal indictment they were slapped with a day earlier.
The indictment includes charges for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud. The indictment also charges Joe Giudice with five counts of failing to file tax returns, The Star-Ledger reported.
Teresa, 41, and Joe Giudice, 43, are accused of lying about their income when applying for mortgages and other loans between 2001 and 2008, before starting "Real Housewives" in 2009. In 2009 they filed for bankruptcy and are accused of hiding businesses they owned and income they were earning from a number of sources, including Teresa's true "Real Housewives" pay.
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"The indictment returned [by a grand jury] today alleges the Guidices lied to the bankruptcy court, to the IRS, and to a number of banks," U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. "Everyone has an obligation to tell the truth when dealing with the courts, paying their taxes and applying for loans or mortgages. That's reality."
Both spouses were released Tuesday on $500,000 unsecured bail bonds.
Teresa Giudice released a statement Monday.
"Today is a most difficult day for our family," the statement read. "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."
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The couple is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on August 14. They are both expected to plead not guilty.
Joe Giudice, who was born in Italy, could be deported if found guilty.
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