The Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Teresa Giudice has filed a malpractice lawsuit against her former bankruptcy attorney, James Kridel. In her suit, Giudice claims it was Kridel’s negligence that led to her current incarceration.
According to a report by Radar Online on July 31, the Real Housewives star claimed Kridel “was guilty of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice in his handling of her bankruptcy case six years ago.”
The Real Housewives star’s bankruptcy case began in 2009, weeks after Giudice and her husband, Joe, welcomed their fourth daughter, Adrianna.
“Ms. Giudice looks forward to her day in court … she has suffered significant monetary damages because of … Kridel’s negligence,” Giudice’s malpractice lawyer, Carlos Cuevas, said in his complaint.
Because of an allegedly fraudulent bankruptcy filing years ago, the Real Housewives star and her her husband were indicted on 39 counts of fraud in July 2013. Months later, two additional counts were added to the case against them, and a short time later, the Giudices shockingly plead guilty to several counts.
In the months that followed, the Real Housewives star and her husband received their sentences: Giudice was dealt a 15-month term, while Joe received 41 months. However, rather than serve their terms at the same time, the judge on their case granted them staggered sentences. So, when Giudice is released from custody on December 23 of this year, husband Joe will begin his term. In the meantime, he’s remained in New Jersey, where he’s caring for their four children as he films a reality special about their life without Giudice.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Kridel responded to the Real Housewives star’s lawsuit against him in an interview yesterday. Speaking to PEOPLE Magazine, Kridel claimed he was not guilty of the allegations made by Giudice and her malpractice lawyer.
Below is Kridel’s statement to the magazine.
“She went to jail because she committed crimes, which were not participated in by me. She had about 2.5 hours of testimony before she went to jail where she took full responsibility for the crimes. However, I suppose things have changed in her mind. I have read the transcript and the judge made it very clear that she had originally decided not to send her to jail, but because she had falsified her assets before the sentencing she decided to send her to jail.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 7 is expected to begin production later this year.
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