Two stars of the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” were indicted Monday on federal fraud charges.
Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, 43, were accused of exaggerating their income while applying for loans before their TV show debuted in 2009 — then hiding how well they were doing in a bankruptcy filing after their first season aired.
“Everyone has an obligation to tell the truth when dealing with the courts, paying their taxes and applying for loans or mortgages,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. “That’s reality.”
There was no immediate comment from Bravo about the plight of the Jersey girl, who is one of the five titular housewives whose lavish lifestyles and crass behavior are chronicled in a series now in its fifth season.
Their lawyers — each has their own — did not return phone calls for comment.
But expect cameras aplenty when the Giudice’s appear in court Tuesday to face the music.
According to the indictment, they submitted fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications from 2001 through 2008, a year before their show made its debut on Bravo.
“The indictment returned today alleges the Giudices lied to the bankruptcy court, to the IRS and to a number of banks,” Fishman said.
Joe Giudice failed to file tax returns for the years 2004 through 2008, when he is alleged to have earned nearly $1 million.
And when his wife filed for a mortgage loan of $121,000 in 2001, she falsely claimed she worked as an executive assistant, submitted fake W-2 forms and fake paystubs as part of the ruse, the indictment said.
In their October 2009 petition for bankruptcy protection, the couple concealed businesses they owned, rental income they received, and Teresa Giudice’s true income from the “Real Housewives,” the indictment states.
Teresa Giudice’s troubles aren’t likely to cause any of her caustic castmates to shed any tears.
Manipulative and loud, she has become the villain of the quintet — a group that included at one point sisters Dina and Caroline Manzo, whose father-in-law, Albert (Tiny) Manzo was executed mob style in August 1983.
Article Credit: NY Daily News