Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Teresa and Joe Giudice surrender to authorities

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa and Joe Giudice turned themselves in to the authorities on Tuesday. They had been indicted on 39 counts, ranging from bank fraud to tax evasion, on the day prior.

On Monday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced the 39-count indictment, charging Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband, Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, both of Towaco, N.J., with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. The indictment also charged Joe Giudice with failure to file tax returns for tax years 2004 through 2008, during which time he allegedly made a total of almost $1 million.

A video of the couple entering the courtroom is embedded.

They were freed after paying $500k in bail each. As part of the bail agreement, the couple had to surrender their passports. They also can't travel outside of New Jersey and New York. They did not enter pleas, but the couple is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in New Jersey on Aug. 14.

On Monday, Teresa Giudice tweeted the following, after news of the indictment broke:
I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me. I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the Government as quickly as possible. Thank you all for your kind wishes, prayers and support.
Although Joe, who is not a U.S. citizen, will be forced to be drug tested, Teresa will not have to do the same.

Teresa Giudice's attorney has previously said that the reality TV star, who has appeared on "Real Housewives of New Jersey" since 2009, will plead not guilty to the charges. Her husband, Joe, has also appeared on the series, as have their four daughters.

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