| NEWARK, N.J., July 30
NEWARK, N.J., July 30 Two stars of "The Real
Housewives of New Jersey" were released on $500,000 bond each on
Tuesday after appearing in federal court on fraud and tax
evasion charges that could get one of them kicked out of the
Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice,
43, held hands during their appearance on a 39-count indictment
at the hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy Waldor.
The judge asked if they understood the charges against them
and whether they realized that, if convicted, Guiseppe faces
potential deportation back to Italy because he is not a U.S.
"Yes," answered Teresa Giudice, wearing a white pant suit,
her typically puffy black hairdo tamed into a ponytail.
"Yes," said her husband, his tattoos covered by a dark suit
with a pink shirt and peach and blue striped tie.
Prosecutors outlined a bevy of charges against the couple
who star in the fifth season of the New Jersey version of the
"Real Housewives" reality TV series on Bravo Media.
They are accused of conspiracy to commit mail and wire
fraud, making false statements on loan applications and hiding
income in a bankruptcy case.
From September 2001 until 2008, the Giudices submitted
fraudulent loan applications to obtain mortgages and other
loans, according to the indictment. After filing for bankruptcy
protection in 2009, prosecutors charge the couple concealed
businesses they owned, income from their rental property, as
well as income that Teresa received from the reality show.
Giuseppe also was charged with failing to file tax returns
for 2004-2008, when he received more than $996,000 in income.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, speaking outside the courthouse,
called the charges against the Giudices serious.
"The victims first are the United States, because the United
States first of all was denied the income taxes that the
Giudices should have paid, the banks that gave out the loans
that they shouldn't have given out, and of course the bankruptcy
court," Fishman said.
The Guidices' lawyers said their clients were innocent of
"There is another side here that you haven't heard, but
you'll hear in the courtroom, and we're going to prepare
accordingly," said attorney Miles Feinstein, who represents
Their arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 14 before U.S.
District Court Judge Esther Salas.