UPDATE: Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa and Joe Giudice Both Going to Prison
Being famous and on TV doesn't always mean getting away with crime. Joe and Teresa Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey learned that first hand today when they sentenced to serious prison time after pleading guilty to bank and tax fraud.
A judge ordered Joe to 41 months prison time and just under $415,000 in restitution, Huffington Post reports. Teresa Giudice will spend 15 months behind bars before her husband begins his sentence. She must surrender herself on January 5, 2015.
The Giudices appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas at federal court in Newark, New Jersey this morning to hear the final verdict in the fraud case brought against them by the federal government last year.
The couple had also filed for bankruptcy of over $13 million dollars, a request that was reportedly denied. That means that following their stint behind bars the Giudices are likely to remain in debt for a long, long time.
Joe is an Italian citizen and could be deported upon completion of his prison term.
The reality stars' lavish lifestyle and penchant for blowing through cash was documented by Bravo TV cameras. But Teresa took a jab at the network that made her famous, blaming Real Housewives producers for portraying her as "little more than a carefully crafted fiction, through scripted lines and clever editing."
Jersey Shore's Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino should be very worried right now. The reality stars faces the same kind of bank and tax fraud charges.