Joe and Teresa Giudice Indicted on Money Fraud; Teresa Says “Nothing About Melissa’s Marriage Has Ever Come Out of My Mouth” (Updated 11/18/2013)
UPDATE 11/18/2013: On November 18, 2013, the federal government added two more counts to the 39-count indictment against the Giudices which was handed down on July 29, 2013. According to the indictment, the Giudices fraudulently obtained $5 million from mortgage loans, withdrawals from home equity lines of credit, and construction loans from 2001 to 2009 and failed to file tax returns for about $1 million in income from 2004 through 2008 (they are charged with mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and loan application fraud). According to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman:
“The two additional counts stem from a $361,250 mortgage loan that Teresa Giudice obtained in July 2005. In the course of obtaining the loan, she and Giuseppe Giudice prepared a loan application which falsely stated that Teresa Giudice was employed as a realtor and that she had a monthly salary of $15,000. Teresa Giudice was not employed outside the home at the time.”
Click here to read details about their bankruptcy and federal indictment on money fraud.
July 29, 2013
Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice — who have been plagued with financial problems for years — were indicted on fraud and tax charges on Monday, July 29. In his 39-count indictment, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman charged the Bravo reality stars with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.
“Today is a most difficult day for our family. I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me,” Teresa tells Us Weekly in a statement. “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.”
The indictment also charges Joe with failure to file tax returns from 2004 through 2008, during which time he allegedly earned nearly $1 million.
“The indictment returned today alleges the Giudices lied to the bankruptcy court, to the IRS and to a number of banks,” Fishman said in a statement. “Everyone has an obligation to tell the truth when dealing with the courts, paying their taxes and applying for loans or mortgages. That’s reality.”
Garden State natives Teresa, 41, and Joe, 43, are parents to daughters Gia (born 2001), Gabriella (born 2004), Milania (born 2005) and Audriana (born 2009). Teresa, who has authored several cookbooks, began appearing on The Real Housewives of New Jersey when the series — now in its fifth season — premiered in 2009.
“The privilege of living well in the United States carries certain real responsibilities, including filing tax returns when required and paying the correct amount of tax,” Shantelle P. Kitchen, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office, said. “Today’s indictment alleges the Giudices did not live up to their responsibilities by failing to file tax returns, falsifying loan applications and concealing assets in their bankruptcy petition. The reality is that this type of criminal conduct will not go undetected and individuals who engage in this type of financial fraud should know they will be held accountable.”
Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, while bank fraud carries a maximum of 30 years. The remaining charges could result in more prison time — not to mention the hefty fines associated with each penalty.
The Giudices are scheduled to appear before Judge Cathy Waldor at the United States District Court in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday, July 30. A rep for Bravo had no comment when contacted by Us.
Teresa’s attorney, Henry Klingeman, tells Us:
“Teresa will plead ‘not guilty.’ The judicial process that begins today with an indictment is a search for the truth. As it moves forward, we look forward to vindicating her.”
Joe, a former pizza parlor owner, also faces 10 years behind bars for allegedly using his brother’s ID to obtain a driver’s license in 2010; he will appear in court on Oct. 28.
“Joe maintains his innocence,” his attorney, Miles Feinstein, tells Us Weekly in its July 29 issue. “It will be tough to choose a jury because of the high-profile defendant.”
July 29, 2013
Authorities, citing the indictment, said that between September 2001 and September 2008, Giuseppe and Teresa Giudice, both of Towaco, allegedly committed mail and wire fraud conspiracy by giving lenders fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications and supporting documents in an effort to obtain mortgages and other loans.
In addition, the Giudices falsely represented on loan applications and supporting documents that they were employed and/or taking home substantial salaries when, in fact, they either were not employed or were not receiving such salaries, authorities said of the indictment’s allegations.
For example, authorities said, in September 2001, Teresa Giudice applied for a mortgage loan of $121,500 for which she submitted a loan application that falsely stated she was employed as an executive assistant. She also turned in phony W-2 Forms and fake pay-stubs purportedly issued by her employer, authorities said.
The indictment also points to specific instances of the Giudices allegedly committing bank fraud and loan application fraud in the course of securing loans from several banks, authorities said.
On Oct. 29, 2009, the Giudices filed a petition for individual Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newark, authorities said. Then during the next few months, they filed several amendments to the bankruptcy petition.
But as part of the bankruptcy filings, the Giudices were required to disclose to the United States Trustee, among other things, assets, liabilities, income, and any anticipated increase in income, authorities said. But the indictment alleges that the Giudices intentionally concealed businesses they owned, income they received from a rental property, and Teresa Giudice’s true income from the television show “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” website sales, and personal and magazine appearances, authorities said.
In addition, the Giudices allegedly hid an anticipated increase in income they expected to get from the then-upcoming Season Two of the “Real Housewives” show.
The Giudices are charged with multiple counts of bankruptcy fraud for concealing and making false oaths and declarations about assets and income during their bankruptcy case, authorities said.
The indictment also contends that during the tax years 2004 to 2008, Giuseppe Giudice received $996,459 in income, but failed to file tax returns for those years, according to authorities.
The conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud counts brought against the Giudices carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years of in prison, authorities said. The bank fraud and loan application fraud counts each carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine, Fishman’s office added. The bankruptcy fraud counts each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, authorities also said. And the failure to file a tax return counts against Giuseppe Giudice each carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison, they added.
The following is Teresa’s Bravo blog for season 5 episode 9.
Richie Wakile and the Gorgas Talk Smack About the Giudices on the Bus Ride to the Lake George Retreat
“We got a glimpse of how you chirp in Joey’s ear (next episode, bus ride). I’m sure off camera, it is even worse. You say you want to work it out, but you keep feeding your hubby BS like that, and that is why this is going no where. You are getting sloppy with your sneakiness! And I, for one, am glad the REAL you is finally being aired!” – kristyk, July 12, 2013, Melissa’s Bravo Blog
In the First Look (which aired on July 11, 2013) of season 5 episode 7, Rosie, the Wakiles and the Gorgas on the bus to Lake George talk smack about the Giudices, and Melissa’s mic picks up on her low whispering to Joe about the Giudice’s marriage (or as Teresa puts it, “Melissa is chirping in my brother’s ear” and “mindf*cking” him). She is a major hypocrite – pointing fingers at others when they talk about her marriage, and acting high and mighty as if she doesn’t do the same to Joe and Teresa.
In Melissa’s book (not the “marriage bible/sex book”), it’s perfectly fine for her to make cheating accusations about Joe Giudice but it’s not OK for Teresa to sit there while Melissa’s friend accuses her of cheating, the same friend that Melissa sat with two weeks earlier and laughed along with when they ridiculed and mocked Teresa. Melissa complains about what other people do when she does the exact same thing.
The following is a transcript of their discussion on the bus.
Richie: Listen, the Manzos and Lauritas, by them not coming to this trip, gave her such a big fuckin’ pass. Because they know. They used to hear it right from her mouth about my wife and about your wife. They can call her out on stuff.
Melissa: It would have been nice to have an extra mouthpiece.
Joey: I don’t think you’re going to change somebody that’s in competition, trying to be somebody they’re not. You’re not gonna change them! Joe to me, is, he’s a fake.
Melissa whispers to Joe, and the mic catches it (voice over – captions are on the screen): He doesn’t love her. He’s a cheater. He’s an asshole. So he doesn’t give a fuck what she does.
Melissa’s TH: Teresa wants me to go through what she goes through in her life. And I feel like she’s so mad that Joe embraces me and he comes home every night, and maybe it’s different over there. But that’s not fair to me.
Rosie to the Gorgas: Don’t go too much on their marriage.
Richie: They don’t have a god damn marriage.
lambyjj said on July 12, 2013 on Melissa’s Bravo blog:
I can’t wait to hear Melissa’s excuse for calling Joe Giudice a cheater…
(a) “I was driven to it emotionally. It’s Teresa’s fault.”
(b) “It was edited to make it look like I said that but I didn’t. It’s the editors fault.”
(c) “I forgot I was mic’d. It’s the sound recorders fault.”
(d) “I didn’t start the conversation, only added to it. It was everyone else’s fault.”
Last night on the First Look – there was a segment with Josephine, Melissa and the kids – Melissa is encouraging them to dance and there is a shot of little Joey dancing and grabbing his crotch. Melissa says “Oh, you’re doing Michael Jackson!”. That is what she told someone on Twitter when they called her out on that disgusting video of little Joey.
Two things –
First, maybe it is the “Michael Jackson” move but who teaches a kid that move at three years old??? I remember when MJ first did it, it caused alot of outrage and people were offended – and he was a grown man (well, sort of!). Grabbing your crotch and thrusting your hips is a blatant sexual move – let’s remember also that MJ’s fanbase demographic was composed of pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults. If you’re teaching your THREE year old how to dance, is that one of the first steps you would show him how to do? What ever happened to tap, ball, chain, and switch?? The Gorgas probably don’t even know what that is?!
Second, I think this particular scene was filmed to do damage control after the fallout from that video. The move little Joey made in that video and in this clip are similar but not exactly the same. In the video, he is clearly moving his arm up and down. By the airing of this clip, this brings up the video once more to those on social media who are already aware of it, raises the whole issue up again for debate, and opens the Gorgas up to new criticism.
If the Gorgas asked to have this scene filmed – and I think they did, thinking it would make people “understand” – they are dumber than bricks. It would have been far better to let this issue die a slow death. Idiots.
In a TH from last night’s First Look, this is what Josephine said about why he wants to go to the Retreat – it’s definitely fighting words and certainly not for reconciliation:
“I wanna go and confront Teresa. She has this army behind her that’s spreading these allegations about my wife. I’m fu*king pissed! What is she doing?!?!?!”
When Teresa screams at Josephine that he is listening to strangers – not his blood, I believe that she was referring to the blogs, tabloids, and social media.
Then Fame got the email saying that Melissa thinks FW is orchestrated by Teresa.
I believe both of these references from the show confirms what Fame’s source said. The Gorgas just cannot fathom and wrap it around their pea-sized brains that other people – MASSES of people, not just Teresa – see them for who they really are and are calling them out on it!
The following are transcripts of other previews for episode 7.
Based on topics brought up at the season 4 reunion, it looks like Bravo is going to reveal Melissa’s secrets (at least some of them) in season 5. However, based on information from insiders, it looks like Bravo Andy is going to use Teresa to reveal those secrets … just the way they used Teresa in season 4 to reveal Melissa’s secret that she worked as a ‘dancer’ at Lookers.
According to a former post production supervisor for RHONJ, the Posche Fashion Show (PFS) season 4 finale was packed with people from Melissa’s past all saying she ‘danced’, but all of that was left on the cutting room floor; and Melissa still to this day denies she ever ‘danced’ and continues to blame Teresa for setting her up (when Teresa had nothing to do with it and was simply Bravo’s pawn) — and the majority of viewers seem to believe this because of the way the producers edited the final episode (plus Melissa’s coverage in print media such as Us Weekly is positive — no stories about shoplifting, stripping, cheating, etc. or stories about her alleged bisexuality).
In season 5, producers instructed Kim D and Penny Drosso to bring up Melissa’s alleged cheating to Teresa, but this time Teresa knowingly and willingly went along with it — the producers are setting it up so that Teresa takes the fall, again.
According to an inside source, a scene was filmed at the season 5 holiday Posche Fashion Show on December 3, 2012, where Kim D and Penny approached Teresa with information about Melissa’s infidelity, and Teresa agreed to a phone call with someone named “Mike” who confirmed that Melissa cheated on Joe multiple times after they were married. However, the producers will edit it so that Melissa again can successfully deny the allegations by deflecting negative attention onto Teresa for trying to ruin her marriage and attack her character (“Why is my sister-in-law involved in spreading rumors about me?”).
Jacqueline, Caroline, Melissa and Kathy weren’t at the PFS by design, so how Bravo introduces this scene to them is a mystery for now, but Teresa certainly will be attacked by the cast for being part of it.
The producers can edit the footage to make it seem like Melissa is innocent of cheating on Joe and that Teresa is simply out for revenge and trying to destroy her brother’s happy marriage because her marriage is so unhappy (with other footage implying that the real cheater is Joe Giudice).
Why would the producers do this? Is it because Andy hates the Giudices? It seems like he does because they are the ones who have been portrayed in the most negative light consistently for two seasons, while Melissa has been able to deny everything and pretend she and Joe are the perfect couple.
With Melissa’s advice book on marriage backing up that storyline, it is unlikely that Bravo will let Melissa’s fake image be completely tarnished in season 5… maybe they decided to wait until season 6 when Teresa is no longer on the show to expose Melissa (perhaps she’ll have her own spinoff or be imprisoned for money fraud), because without Teresa, Melissa doesn’t have much of a storyline — and then maybe in season 6 they will do to Melissa what they spent three seasons doing to Teresa.
That’s how things are looking now, but the producers could change everything using editing and production tricks like scenes out of sequence, voice overs, crafted dialogue, and coached testimonials (THs).
Had Teresa left the show after season 4, Bravo would have had no choice but to go after Melissa (and, of course, wouldn’t have been able to use Teresa to do it), because other than playing the victimized sister-in-law, Melissa’s only other storyline is that of the obedient wife in a happy marriage (who wants to be a pop star on the side) — and this storyline is weak at best.