Teresa Giudice and husband Joe Giudice have a new strategy dealing with their fraud trial in court. Joe has made some demands to the court that will protect his wife, Teresa.
Joe and Teresa will be tried separately in the fraud trial to make sure that neither spouse can testify against the other. Teresa coud be innocent if she is able to prove she knew nothing about Joe's crimes.
Joe Giudice is prepared to take all of the blame in the fraud trial. Joe is going all out in order to ensure that his four children will not be left without a mother.
The separate trials might be able to help Tre. Joe is trying to prove the following in order for Teresa to receive a not guilty verdict:
- Teresa had no knowledge of any misrepresentation on loan and mortgage applications and lines of credit.
- Teresa was not aware that various properties and businesses were acquired in her name.
- Joe signed Teresa's name on numerous occasions without her knowledge or permission.
- Joe's former business partner signed Teresa's name on docs, as did Joe's attorney, again without her knowledge or authorization.
- And other people were aware that Teresa had not signed those docs.
Joe has requested form the courts a list of demands. It is not known yet if the feds will give in to his demands, but they probably won't. Joe wants:
- U.S. Attorney's indictment dismissed with prejudice (translation: The case would be over forever and no further action could be taken) because the defense claims there is not one single conspiracy as the prosecution alleges.
-The charges of wire and bank fraud dismissed.
- The prosecution disclose all discovery, including any evidence of other crimes Joe has allegedly committed that will be produced at trial (like reports by any witnesses, etc.)
- The prosecution to provide access to the grand jury transcript "in order to determine whether grand jury abuses led to his indictment."
- A separate hearing to review all Real Housewives of New Jersey takes and outtakes that attorneys plan on using against him to determine their "audibility and admissibility."
(courtesy of Celebuzz)
In case you didn't know, Teresa and her husband Joe Giudice are facing a multitude of very serious charges which can result in a 50 year prison sentence each.
Below is a summary of their previous charges:
1) Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud: The indictment states that between 2001-2008, using the U.S. mail, private carriers and wire communications, they defrauded 7 different banks and mortgage lenders.
2) Bank Fraud: The indictment states 5 banks were defrauded by submitting applications with false tax returns, pay stubs, and W-2s that gave false salaries and income. In total they stole $4.5 million from various banks.
3) Loan Application Fraud: For making false statements in those bank loan applications
4) Bankruptcy Fraud: Concealment, False Oaths, False Declarations. These are 22 different counts alone. In essence, they lied to the BK courts (under oath) about their finances and they knowingly filed false documents to conceal their income. That's perjury. Tre & Joe never withdrew their bankruptcy, the courts denied their petition on suspicion of fraud.
5) Failure to Make Tax Returns: These counts are all against Joe, and claim he didn't file tax returns from 2004-2008.
Joe Giudice, whose real first name is Giuseppe, is an Italian citizen. Thus, he could face deportation if he is convicted.
Joe Giudice, 43, was released on a $500,000 bond secured by his father, Frank. Teresa Giudice, 41, was released on a $500,000 unsecured bond.
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.
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."
Do you think Teresa could get off?