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New Jersey ‘Real Housewives’ stars get sentenced

By DAVID PORTER

Joe Giudice (seconnd from left) and wife Teresa Giudice arrive for sentencing at federal court in Newark on October 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.
Joe Giudice (seconnd from left) and wife Teresa Giudice arrive for sentencing at federal court in Newark on October 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Getty Images

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Two of the stars of the Real Housewives of New Jersey will be trading the drama of reality TV for prison. Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in prison on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges. Joe, who apologized for disgracing so many people, was also ordered to pay $414,000 in restitution.

Teresa Giudice got 15 months on fraud charges. “I fully take responsibility for my actions,” read the cookbook author from a letter in court, per the New Jersey Record.

U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas slammed the couple for not disclosing all their assets in a presentencing report. They pleaded guilty in March, admitting they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitted phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans.

Teresa will reportedly serve her sentence first so Joe can stay home with their four daughters.

The judge gave Joe Guidice credit for helping people rebuild after Superstorm Sandy and other storms. He made a brief statement in which he apologized and said he had disgraced many people.

The couple had pleaded guilty in March, admitting they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitted phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans.

Joe Giudice, an Italian citizen, could be deported after his prison term is completed. His attorney has said Giudice came to the U.S. as an infant and didn’t know he wasn’t an American citizen.

Both Giudices pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and three types of bankruptcy fraud. Joe Giudice, 43, also pleaded guilty to failing to file a tax return for 2004, though he acknowledged he didn’t file taxes on income of approximately $1 million from 2004 to 2008.

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