To the watching world, it doesn’t seem that long since Teresa Giudice said goodbye to husband Joe Giudice before heading off to Fort Dix prison to serve her 11-month sentence for “conspiracy to commit wire and bankruptcy fraud.” Teresa was released from her time in the big house only two days before Christmas, and she was just getting back into the swing of things with Joe and the Giudice’s four daughters. But now, the separation for the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is starting all over again.
TMZ reports that Joe Giudice is on his way to New Jersey’s Federal Correction Institute, a low-security prison in Fort Dix, for 41 months. Joe was also convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit wire and bankruptcy fraud, just like his wife, Teresa. Joe and Teresa’s last kiss goodbye happened in public, as they shared “one final kiss” surrounded by cameras.
Joe Giudice & Teresa pass the prison baton as he takes his turn behind bars. How will Joe make out? https://t.co/xDrOqzYpJt— Harvey Levin (@HarveyLevinTMZ) March 23, 2016
With Joe Giudice’s days of freedom “officially over” for the next three and a half years at Fort Dix, People magazine reports that Joe needed a big “final embrace” and kiss from Teresa before getting into the waiting car on Wednesday, March 23. The car headed straight to Fort Dix prison so that Giudice could to turn himself in and begin his sentence.
'Real Housewives' star Joe Giudice heads off to prison with a last kiss: The post-coital trip to the Big House... https://t.co/Dnu18nAD79— World news (@news_worldnews) March 23, 2016
The Giudices have only had three months together since Teresa’s release from her just-under-a-year prison sentence at Connecticut’s Federal Correction Institute in Danbury. The judge allowed them to serve their sentences at different times so that their kids wouldn’t be without both parents, but that means the Giudice’s are spending a long time apart without kisses. Joe told People that the year without Teresa was tough, but that family values got them through. He said his children “are strong,” and they pulled through the ordeal together.
“As a parent you have to comfort your kids and do the best you can to make them feel good.”
Joe Giudice Admits To Breaking Down Before Prison: Does He Feel He Failed His Kids?: Joe Giudice has known for... https://t.co/BEHbNctVDt— Alex Johnston (@createdrumbeats) March 22, 2016
It looks like Joe’s plans for his years in Fort Dix prison follow that same philosophy. Giudice, 43, is determined to “make the most” of his prison term. One aspect of being in prison is the enforced sobriety. Joe says that for the year Teresa was in prison, he “drank every day,” putting away two bottles at night so that he could make himself go to bed without Teresa by his side to kiss him.
“I’m looking at it like rehabilitation for me. I am not going to be able to drink for a while which is good because I don’t even know when it’s been since I haven’t had a drink. It’s been a long time.”
When asked about avoiding trouble while at Fort Dix prison, Giudice says it’s a matter minding his own business.
“Just stay low key and do your thing nobody wants any problems in there.”
Fox News reports that Joe Giudice will have more problems to think about than just his time in prison. It turns out that throughout Joe’s years of hiding assets during bankruptcy, “submitting phony loan applications,” and trying to get away with non-payment of “about $200,000 in taxes,” Joe was also living in the U.S. illegally. Giudice will be deported to Italy the moment he leaves Fort Dix prison, with or without a kiss from Teresa.
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