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NEW YORK Nov 18 Prosecutors on Monday accused
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa and Joe Giudice of
lying eight years ago about whether Teresa was really a
A federal grand jury in Newark, New Jersey, added two new
counts to the long list of fraud charges against the husband and
wife, prosecutors said.
The Giudices, who have appeared in five seasons of the TV
reality show on the Bravo channel, were charged with new counts
of bank fraud and loan application fraud, bringing the number of
counts against them to 41.
Prosecutors first accused the Giudices on July 29 of
submitting fraudulent applications to obtain mortgages and other
loans, concealing income and failing to pay taxes.
The charges alleged that from 2001 to 2008, the couple
submitted fraudulent loan applications and then, after filing
for bankruptcy in 2009, concealed income that Teresa, 41, earned
from the TV show. The Giudices were accused of hiding rental
income and concealing various businesses they controlled,
according to the indictment.
Joe, who is 43 and whose legal first name is Giuseppe, was
also accused of failing to file federal tax returns from 2004 to
2008, during which time he earned more than $996,000. An Italian
citizen, he could face deportation if convicted.
The Giudices pleaded not guilty in federal court in Newark
on Aug. 14.
According to Monday's announcement, the two new charges
relate to a mortgage loan Teresa took out in 2005 for $361,250.
On the loan application, according to prosecutors, Teresa and
Joe falsely stated that Teresa was a realtor with a monthly
salary of $15,000. In fact, according to prosecutors, she was a
housewife "not employed outside the home at the time."
"As she did with respect to the allegations contained in the
original indictment, Teresa intends to plead not guilty to the
allegations in the new indictment," Teresa Giudice's lawyer,
Henry Klingeman, said in a statement to the press.
"She looks forward to defending herself at the trial,
scheduled for February 24, 2014. Beyond that, we will answer all
of the charges in court, not out."
Joe Giudice's lawyer did not immediately respond to a
request for comment. A spokesman for Comcast's NBC
Universal, which owns the Bravo channel, did not immediately
respond to a request for comment.
The case is U.S. v. Giudice et al, U.S. District Court, New
Jersey, No. 13-cr-00495.