Teresa Giudice, Hubby Indicted on 2 More Federal Fraud Charges

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Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 07:54 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice were already slapped with a 39-count federal indictment back in July, but now the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" couple is facing new fraud charges.

The Giudices are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to be arraigned on two new charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud, according to CNN. The new charges have been tacked onto the original indictment, which accused the couple of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and making false statements on loan applications.

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Joe Giudice, who was born in Italy and could be deported if found guilty, is also charged with five counts of failing to file income tax returns.

Prosecutors argue that the Giudices, who have been married 14 years and have four young daughters, lied about their income and faked documents in order to obtain $5 million in loans over an eight-year period before they started appearing on the Bravo reality show that made them famous.

The two new charges are related to specific documents, which were reportedly made up to show that Teresa Giudice was employed.

"In the course of obtaining the loan, she and Giuseppe Giudice prepared a loan application which falsely stated that Teresa Giudice was employed as a realtor and that she had a monthly salary of $15,000," U.S. Attorney Paul told CNN. "Teresa Giudice was not employed outside the home at the time."

Both Teresa, 41, and Joe Giudice, 43, are free on $500,000 bond and have pleaded not guilty. If convicted, they face up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

"As she did with respect to the allegations contained in the original indictment, Teresa intends to plead ‘not guilty' to the allegations in the new indictment," her lawyer, Henry Klingeman, said in a statement. "She looks forward to defending herself at the trial, scheduled for Feb. 24, 2014. Beyond that, we will answer all of the charges in court, not out."

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