Real Housewives star Teresa Giudice has been indicted, along with husband Joe, on 39 federal counts of fraud.
Earlier this month Teresa Giudice joked that she had no idea why her name was “trending” in the news, but hoped that everything was okay. Earlier, a family feud rumor had put the star’s name in gossip headlines but not a major update.
Today, Joe and wife Teresa Giudice were slammed with a 39-count indictment from US Attorney Paul J. Fishman, including charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.
Jezebel quotes an indictment summary after the charges were announced:
“In September 2001, Teresa Giudice applied for a $121,500 mortgage loan and indicated on the application that she was working as an executive assistant, [U.S. Attorney Paul] Fishman said. She submitted fake W-2 forms and pay stubs, acting as if they were from her employer, and she and her husband also used false information on bank loan applications… The couple filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October 2009, and later filed for several amendments to their filing, Fishman said. As part of the claim, the Giudices were required to claim all incomes and assets, but Fishman said Teresa Giudice failed to claim her true income from the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and that she and Giuseppe Giudice did not claim businesses they owned.”
After word of the indictment was reported, Teresa Giudice released a statement saying she hoped the matter would soon blow over:
“Today is a most difficult day for our family. I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me. I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the government as quickly as possible.”
However, Joe and wife Teresa Giudice are said to face up to 50 years in prison if convicted on the fraud counts. A lawyer for Teresa said they “look forward to vindicating her,” and a lawyer for Joe says he “maintains his innocence.”