‘Real Housewives’ Stars Charged With Fraud

real housewives charged with fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, 43, stars of the Real Housewives of New Jersey were indicted Monday on federal fraud charges.

They have been accused of exaggerating their income while applying for loans before their TV show debuted in 2009, then hiding their improving fortunes in a bankruptcy filing after their first season aired.

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The couple, of Montville Township, were charged in a 39-count indictment with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.

They say they hope to resolve federal fraud charges as quickly as possible.

A 39-count indictment, handed up Monday in federal court in Newark, N.J., accuses the couple of bank and bankruptcy fraud. Joe Giudice is also accused of failing to file five years of tax returns, before the show began airing, when he allegedly earned nearly $1 million.

Teresa’s attorney says she will plead not guilty and that “we look forward to vindicating her.”

Giudice also issued her own statement saying “today is a most difficult day for our family.”

She says she supports her husband and is committed to continuing her career.

The show is in its fifth season on Bravo. A network spokesman had no comment.

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The reality TV stars submitted fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications from 2001 through 2008, a year before their show debuted on Bravo, making phony claims about their employment status and salaries, the indictment said.

Joe Giudice also failed to file tax returns for the years 2004 through 2008, when he is alleged to have earned nearly $1 million, the government said.

Their attorneys did not immediately return calls seeking comment. A spokesman for Bravo said he had no comment.

The two were scheduled to make their initial court appearances Tuesday.

“The indictment returned today alleges the Giudices lied to the bankruptcy court, to the IRS and to a number of banks,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. “Everyone has an obligation to tell the truth when dealing with the courts, paying their taxes and applying for loans or mortgages. That’s reality.”

When Teresa filed for a mortgage loan of $121,000 in 2001, she falsely claimed she worked as an executive assistant, submitting fake W-2 forms and fake paystubs as part of the ruse, the indictment said.

In their petition for bankruptcy protection, initiated in October 2009, the couple concealed businesses they owned, rental income they received, and Teresa’s true income from the “Real Housewives,” website sales and personal appearances, the indictment said.

Prosecutors said they also hid their anticipated increase in income from the then-upcoming second year of the show, which is in its fifth season.

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  1. Lynda Gates says:

    Those phoneys belong in prison!

  2. fly2crow says:

    It’s about time they got busted. And to think she accused everyone else of lying. Didn’t she say “It’s no big deal & don’t believe everything you here” God brings those down when they build their pride & their nest to high.

  3. Piper Loenstein says:

    I AGREE w/ you 100%!

  4. Jack says:

    Real criminals of New Jersey.

  5. Herman Vogel says:

    Hey, it’s Jersey, She’s Italian,,,it what they do…Sad, huh.

  6. Jefferies says:

    Seems like it should at least make for some real life drama. The show producers don’t have to make this up. Seems like deception and fraud has become acceptable in today’s society, so the punishment should fit the crime. Both Teresa and Joe should be stripped of all their possessions, placed on Obama Care and relocated to Real Housewives of Atlanta. Teresa should be sentenced to six years in prison or 1 year mental health. Juicy Joe should be get six years or 1 year coaching little league and given a break for marrying Teresa lol.

    • thisisnotthat says:

      Wow! but I don’t think anyone on the Real Housewives of Atlanta is being indicted! Ready to reference them to acting and being black! But racism doesn’t exist!

  7. Lillith Goby says:

    This should be okay with those who think Weiner sexting is cool.

  8. Adam Holland says:

    Stupid. Rosie should beat the crap out of Teresa once and for all. I am so glad I’m not from Jersey. I couldn’t handle all the screaming at each other and tan in a bottle smells.

  9. Freemason says:

    Taxation is theft!

    • rachael erling says:

      that is not what being from new jersey is all about! all these tv shows portray us as some tanned up violent ignorant assholes and we are not! this bitch lives around the corner from me she just added on an addition to the already over sized home… hmmmmm….. send them to jail and take those kids away teach them some manners and get this show off of tv its bs,
      fake and stupid

  10. JM in So Cal says:

    I expected a fraud charge, eventually. Could’ve gone any of three ways. It was going to be the producers, the writers or the actors.

  11. Wally says:

    More from the “Beautiful People”….

  12. Eric Allan says:

    “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”…..is that really the name of that show ?…..and here all the time I thought I was watching “Jersey Shore”…….I can’t tell the difference between the two.

  13. Joe Smith says:

    Turn $12 into $4000 in 30 days, no selling! http://goo.gl/X008oM

  14. When will the IRS investigate the fraud perpetrated on the American people by the imposters currently inhabiting the White House? Certainly their graft is greater and their greed and avarice is greater and knows no bounds.

  15. Irwin R. Shyster says:

    Biden and Rangel didn’t pay their taxes and nothing happened. MILLIONS of people inflated their income to get loans 2000-2006 and they get bailed out when housing collapsed. These two should be treated the same. Drop the charges you federal pigs.

  16. Never having witnessed this tripe I am assuming that the “fraud” relates to being called “Real Housewives.”

  17. UNoffended says:

    Honestly, seeing how much fraud goes on in both Washington AND Hollywood, WHY should I be offended by these two and their meesly little fraud? They are not lower than anyone else on TV or in politics. They just got caught. This is far less worse than the Obama administration and the IRS has done to the citizens of this country

  18. Mplscarrie says:

    Those little girls of theirs are spoiled rotten. How will they ever function in the real world with parents like Joe and Theresa?

  19. plin says:

    what is wrong with liberals? they want corporations and small businesses to pay huge tax rates than hide all their money.

  20. Charlene Francl says:

    Juicy Joe and his accomplice deserve some prison time. Remember the first episode when Teresa payed $3K in cash for some furniture? They are morally corrupt. Their clothes look like Good Will rejects. I am sorry for that King Charles spaniel, possession of which includes a vetting of the dogs prospective parents. Guess the AKC should rethink that process, I never see them walking or playing with the poor animal although it is obvious he/she is trying to give them so much love. The poor animal should have a silken bed, some really nice toys, sleeping-in-bed privileges, and a lot of one-on-one time with someone who really loves him or her. I’d be very happy to give this darling all that and more.

  21. Kurlis says:

    Al Sharpton does exactly the same thing and he’s a free man.

  22. SeekWisdom says:

    Finally they are making the Federal Reserve close its doors and stop getting our taxes to fill the pockets of the foreign banks. Finally!! No, they are not. Oh, I thought I read something about being honest with the government (we the people)…wrong!

  23. Albert Crisafulli says:

    It is so sad that people like the guidice family,and the Kardashian’s become idols to the young. Having children out of wedlock, getting pregnant while still married, stealing from the government, makes me sick. The entertainment industry is single handily destroying this country, just by the immoral messages they send.

  24. Wow, really? A jersey Italian couple lying and defrauding? SHOCKED! SHOCKED I TELL YOU!

    /sarcasm off

    • rachael erling says:

      having a child out of wedlock is so 20 years ago. who are to judge the life decisions that someone else makes ?

  25. HMichaelH says:

    So the TV Show is going to fire her, right? Don’t they have some sort of clause in their contract with her about being honest and an upstanding member of the community? Oh, wait a minute…this is The Real Housewives of New Jersey, right? I forgot!

  26. Marcinho says:

    If the allegations prove true, and they are sentenced to serve prison time, my heart bleeds for the kids,

    • That is exactly what I thought about. There are 4 little girls.That is so sad. I have always thought Theresa was mildly mentally challenged. I cannot imagine she would be the brains behind this operation. Interesting.

  27. Jonquelle says:

    That woman is so gross…..she looks like a man in a wig !

  28. Snabtat Tunose says:

    All these ‘women’ look like male crossdressers.

  29. Tom Hillgardner says:

    The banks commit fraud in probably close to half of all of the mortgages they attempt to foreclose on. Where are those indictments? Oh, I see. Banks are allowed to lie in foreclosure paperwork, but borrowers face prison if they lie in the loan application. Americans should be mad as Hell that our government has so sold out the people and protected all the banks.

    • Jack Kennedy says:

      i see that INTELLECTUAL HONESTY is NOT your friend

      • Griffin Edward says:

        Apparently Jack Kennedy really isn’t that smart, even Joe knew and would know what is going. Jack are you a troll?

        Everything Tom pointed out is factual, Bank of America was caught and fortunately for them Congress is “too busy” to proceed on hearings.

    • Dennis says:

      Tom Hillgardner Now where is the “LIKE” button for your comment??? How true…I guess 20 yrs ago “they” tried to hide screwing TOM CONSUMER….Today its like “we have one set of rules for us and there are rules for you consumer” Spot on with your comment sir!!

  30. stoptouchingthatmabel says:

    She says, she supports her husband and is committed to continuing her career. Her career, what would that be screaming at people and turning over furniture?

  31. Dennis says:


  32. African Skittles says:

    Frauds? Yes.

  33. Dennis says:

    She will get this thrown out..All she has to do is show some of her tv acting…Right away the courts will see she is a bonkers and couldnt put two sentences together if her life depended on it….Hey wait a minute………………..:-)

  34. LoL! Teresa and Joe are soooo proud to be Italian Shysters! Instead of trying to break-up her brothers marriage, and harassing her sister-in-law, maybe she should pay attention to her own affairs!
    MoneyMoneyMoney is her motto!!! And Joe… isn’t he the one that used his brothers I.D. to apply for a drivers license after he lost his due to a DWI? What ever became of that? Throw them both in jail!

  35. frankc says:

    will the death penalty be an option?

  36. Shirley Lucas says:

    She is pure trash that show is just so insane and she is nutjob and a fraud and so is Joe. I believe they did it.. Lowlifes living way beyond their means cheating the system to get there. Bravo loves these types.. Andy Cohen shame on you for hiring this nutballs.

  37. Dick Delson says:

    Does this surprise anyone? Not me.

  38. Put’em in jail and move on.

  39. OK… yes, she’s the one with two time zones between her eyes. I’ve seen her.

  40. pearlw40 says:

    Foodnetwork fired paula dean because she used the N word but no comment from Bravo about this disgusting behavior? This family needs to be off tv and pnot allowed to profit from taking adventage of fans by misrepresenting themselves as just hardworking folks. Shame on them and im sorry for their kids.

  41. Carlos Danger says:

    I think she’s had “work” done.

  42. Bob Onnit says:

    Is it just me, or does Teresa have an exceedingly low forehead ?

  43. michael says:

    Welcome back to REALITY in the real world Giudice’s.

  44. Dave says:

    I thought maybe the fraud was either they weren’t REAL housewives or they weren’t from New Jersey.

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