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Teresa and Joe Giudice sentenced to prison for fraud

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Teresa and Joe Giudice, stars of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey, were both sentenced in federal prison on fraud charges Thursday.

Teresa Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in prison on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges, while her husband was sentenced to 41 months, according to the Associated Press. U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas also ruled that the couple pay $414,000 in restitution.

The couple pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in March, admitting that they failed to disclose all their assets to creditors. Joe also pleaded guilty to not filing more than $200,000 in taxes, according to the AP.

Before the verdict was read, Teresa Giuidice said in court, “I’m so scared. I’m blessed, but today I am also humbled. I fully take responsibility for my actions,” she said. ”This is not how I was raised. I am more sorry than anyone will ever know.”

The judge did give the family some leniency, calling Teresa Giudice a “dedicated mother” and requiring that the parents of four girls not be incarcerated at the same time. Teresa must report to prison Jan. 5. Joe will begin his sentence after Teresa’s is complete. Whether Joe will be deported back to his native Italy will not be determined by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement until after he has served his sentence.

 

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