Even after Martha Stewart went to prison, it’s still odd hearing of famous women going behind bars. The latest is Real Housewives’ Teresa Giudice.
Like with the Martha Stewart case, Teresa Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for money reasons, but in this scenario it’s bankruptcy fraud. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star checked into the Danbury, Connecticut prison early Monday morning to begin her sentence. According to NJ.com, Teresa Giudice left her mansion around midnight and arrived to the prison at 3 a.m.
“She was ready,” her lawyer said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. “Teresa is a very strong woman, she won’t have any problems in there.”
Teresa Giudice isn’t the only one going to prison though, her husband Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty last year for not revealing certain assets to bankruptcy creditors and submitting fake loan applications in order to obtain $5 million in construction and mortgage loans. Joe also plead guilty for not paying taxes of over $200,000.
During the sentencing of Teresa Giudice and her husband, the U.S. District Judge, Esther Salas, criticized them for not disclosing their assets, which was required under their plea agreement, saying it was “the same pattern of obstruction, concealment and manipulation as they showed in the bankruptcy case.”
Even so, the two were given sentences that were below the range that was sought by the U.S. Attorney’s office. They won’t be serving their time together, so that one can stay home and take care of their four daughters. Teresa Giudice will be serving her time first and then Joe Giudice will service his 41-month sentence afterward.
Because Joe Giudice isn’t a U.S. Citizen, he is also facing an immigration hearing after he does his time in prison. It is possible that he will end up being deported. According to his attorney, Joe arrived in America as an infant and didn’t know he wasn’t a citizen of the U.S. Until he became an adult. Eighteen months of his sentence was given because he plead guilty for using a fake driver’s license.
Teresa Giudice filed a lawsuit against her former attorney, James Kridel, last month. His firm handled their bankruptcy case. The suit alleges legal malpractice and negligence. When Kridel was contacted last week, he said the lawsuit was ridiculous and denied the allegations.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” he said. “We can only rely on the facts that were provided to us. I don’t wish her any ill will, but I would have preferred a ‘thank you’ rather than a lawsuit.”