On Thursday, October 2, reality television stars, Giuseppe and Teresa Giudice were sentenced to staggered prison sentences for several counts of fraud.
The married couple, starring on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” were indicted in 2013 on 39 counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and making false statements on loan applications. Additionally Giuseppe failed to file tax returns for the years 2004 – 2008. The couple originally pleaded not guilty, but changed their mind in March this year.
Giuseppe was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison, restitution of $414,000 and an alcohol treatment program. Teresa was sentenced to only 15 months in prison, which will start on January 5, 2015. Giuseppe will serve his sentence after Teresa so their four daughters may have a parent at home with them throughout . Teresa and Giuseppe will also serve two years of supervised release and pay fines of $8,000 and $10,000 respectively.
Judge Salas added that after serving his sentence, Giuseppe will be subject to proceedings with US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement that could “likely result in . . . [his] being removed from the United States.” In response to the sentence, Chief IRS Criminal Investigator Richard Weber, stated “today’s sentencing marks a victory for the real taxpayers of New Jersey and the United States. Regardless of who we are and what we do for a living, it is everyone’s responsibility to follow the same rules and pay their fair share of taxes according to the law.”