Teresa Giudice Fraud Update: Housewife Wants Your Donations For Legal Bills After Over The Top Spending On New Jersey Reality Show
By Staff Writer | August 30, 2013 04:15 PM EDT
Teresa Giudice is asking her fans for legal funds to help pay for her legal bills for fraud charges. But after The Real Housewives of New Jersey star has overtly spend thousands, maybe millions, on her shopping sprees and lavish home on her reality show, does Teresa actually deserve her fan's support?
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Teresa Giudice will be making appearances in hopes of acquiring donations to help her and her husband Joe pay for their fraud defense in court. Her first appearance will be next Thurday in Malibu. Isn't it so approriate for the woman who spends illegal money to be begging her loyal fans for more!
"Her supporters and millions of fans around the world strongly believe Teresa will be vindicated soon and are seeking donations for the reality TV star, who has four young children," a press release about the event reads.
"The group is dedicated to helping Teresa stay out of prison and also help pay any fines or other restitution that Teresa and Joe are ordered to pay."
After negative press about her begging for legal aid after overtly spending thousands of dollars on shopping sprees and living in a lavish home on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa posted a tweet to make it looks like the money donated is going to charity:
"Tonight's appearance at Maliblue is just a meet & greet w/ fans. I just heard that some of the workers there wanted to support me, and that is very sweet & I appreciate it, but if anyone wants to support me, please do it by donating to a charity I love: @NephCure. Xx"
Joe and Teresa plead not guilty to a whopping 39 counts of fraud. They included bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Joe is also accused of failing to file tax returns for 2004 through 2008.
Although Teresa thinks that she won't be going to jail because a judge 'couldn't possibly take four children away from their mother' the possiblity of jailtime for the Jersey Housewife is very possible.
Teresa and Joe Gidice were slammed by castmate Kim Granatell for being negligent with Teresa and her family on the show and flaunting the Giudice's money that was obtained through illegal means.
Jersey castmate Kim Granatell says the following about Teresa and Joe Giudice:
"Flashing all that cash, I tried to tell people from day one they were criminals," Granatell said.
"She needs a reality check," she added about Teresa. "Where are her feelings of remorse for ruining people's lives and businesses? A normal person with feelings for others would feel terrible and do everything to make things right."
Kim Granatell isn't the only Real Housewife criticizing Teresa. Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel has also expressed her disapproval of the Giudices.
Bethenny says she feels no sympathy for the Giudices and thinks they are completely negligent for breaking the law in front on teh cameras. Thgouh Frankel feels no remorse for Teresa and Joe, she does feel bad for Teresa's four innocent daughters.
"My first thought today was, 'Oh, if they weren't on reality TV, none of this would probably ever be exposed.' And it's just funny how certain people are [like a] moth to a flame. It's almost like -- not that you want to get caught -- but people who love to be in the spotlight often have a lot of skeletons in their closet. It's just an interesting thing."
"I haven't paid that much attention," Frankel explained of the Giudice's legal woes. "Do I feel sorry for them? No, I don't. Not so much, because it broke the law. You broke the law and you went on television. That's not really that smart."
But Frankel, a mother herself, does feel bad for Teresa's four daughters:
"I feel badly for them because they have kids," she explained, "and their kids didn't sign up for this."
Teresa and Joe Giudice are not just having legal problems, but they could also loose their reality show, The Real Housewives Of New Jersey. Though Bravo thrives on drama, the kind of spectacle surrounding Teresa and Joe is not positive and Bravo is becoming fed up with Giudice antics.
Bravo executives are debating the future of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," on which Teresa is the focal pint of the drama. The bad publicity by Teresa and husband Joe has been a nuisance for the Network.
Bravo may also have to get involved with Giudice legal woes.
"Employees filming for Bravo can certainly be called as witnesses to establish that the Giudices were perhaps making large purchases in cash during the time of the bankruptcy," New Jersey-based attorney Darren Del Sardo explained. "The network could also be called as a witness to support an increase of anticipated income paid by Bravo to Teresa that was not disclosed in her bankruptcy filing. In addition, they could be asked questions regarding the Giudices' business operations that Bravo followed at the time of the filing."
Joe Giudice, whose real first name is Giuseppe, is an Italian citizen. Thus, he could face deportation if he is convicted.
The Giudices, who live in Montville Township, N.J., are facing charges of exaggerating their income while applying for loans before their reality TV show debuted.
The duo also had their travel restricted to New Jersey and New York and had to surrender their passports.
The pattern of alleged fraud may have lasted a decade, ," U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.
"They're serious charges," he said.
"They are alleged to have made false statements to the bankruptcy court and the banks that lent them money," Fishman told press.
They also failed to file tax returns from 2004-2008.
In a statement, Teresa Giudice discussed the charges.
"I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me," she said. "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."
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