Lawyer: ‘Housewives’ star targeted due to fame

 

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – An attorney for “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice (JOO’-dice) says he believes the federal government is prosecuting her because she’s a celebrity.

Attorney Henry Klingeman says federal prosecutors frequently target high-profile people to draw attention to their efforts.

Teresa and her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, who also appears on the TV show, were indicted Monday on charges of bank and bankruptcy fraud. He is also charged with failing to file tax returns for five years.

On Tuesday, a magistrate in Newark set their bond at $500,000 each. They were also required to surrender their passports, and their travel was restricted to New Jersey and New York.

Their attorneys say both will plead not guilty.

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