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Kim G’s Friend, Monica Chacon, Says She’s Been Working with Federal Investigators for Four Years to Nab the Giudices

July 30, 2013 429 comments

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After the story broke that Joe and Teresa Giudice were indicted for fraud and released on $500,000 bond each, Kim Granatell (Kim G) — who is Kim D’s sister-in-law — celebrated by poking fun of Teresa on Twitter. Her hatred for Teresa stems from Teresa joking during RHONJ season 2 about Kim’s “old lady butt crack” on the stripper pole with Danielle Staub. Teresa also referred to Kim as “elderly” and called her “Kim Grannytell.”

The following are Kim G’s tweets directed at Teresa on July 30, 2013:

@Teresa_Giudice in jail without makeup-SCARY! Mascara is a toothbrush dipped in ink, eyeliner is a #2 pencil @realitytea @celebritymagnet

The Do’s and Don’t list. Coming live from a real prison inmate @teresaguidice @realitytea @celebritymagnet @swimmie2009

Stay tuned for my Helpful Hints for being in prison. @celebritymagnet @swimmie2009 @realitytea @bravoandy

Btw @teresaguidice II have an Orange Hermes Birkin bag to match your orange jumpsuit. @celebritymagnet @jaclaurita @realitytea

Teresa, make sure you stock up on toilet paper. U r only allowed one roll per week in prison. @celebritymagnet @realitytea @bravoandy

God is good. Finally, justice shall prevail

No toenail clippers in prison @Teresa_Giudice so start chewing @Realitytea @celebritymagnet @NaughtyNiceRob @HuffPostCeleb @swimmie2009

@Teresa_Giudice Get ready-Only 5 articles of clothing washed over + over, watch out for broom handles, hope U like bologna @celebritymagnet

@Teresa_Giudice Your ugly 1000 count sheets will soon be like gauze + your stolen @PaylessShoes will be slip-on sneakers @celebritymagnet

Hey Tom, @Teresa_Giudice will be wearing pants that read INMATE instead of FABULOUS @celebritymagnet @JacLaurita @PageSix @Realitytea

Kim G tagged self-proclaimed “celebrity magnet” Tom Murro (her good friend, pictured with her above, who is also a friend of the Manzos and Lauritas), tagged Reality Tea, and Jacqueline Laurita in her tweets — tagging Jacqueline speaks volumes.

Kim G is Jacqueline’s friend and neighbor — could Jacqueline have been helping Monica Chacon and the federal investigators? During the taping of season 4, Jacqueline and the other cast members tried very hard to get Teresa to admit to being paid for magazine covers and articles and consistently asked her about financial matters when Bravo’s cameras were rolling.

Below are Kim G’s tweets to Jacqueline on October 20, 2011, where she says, “So glad Jacqueline, myself and Tom Murro converse everyday… oh, I forgot, Monica too!”

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Update July 31, 2013: Kim G included Danielle Staub in one of her tweets on July 31, 2013, and Danielle replied back, “Keep my name out of your filth”:

Kim Granatell ‏@Kimgranatell
@Teresa_Giudice – I know @daniellestaub is celebrating, rightfully so. @celebritymagnet @radar_online @OKMagazine @usweekly @BravoAndy
9:05 AM – 31 Jul 13

danielle staub ‏@daniellestaub 2h
@realmrhousewife @Kimgranatell keep my name out of your filth
11:26 AM – 31 Jul 13

Kim Granatell ‏@Kimgranatell 2h
@daniellestaub Since when did you reform? I own you rent. @celebritymagnet @Realitytea @swimmie2009 @radar_online @TMZ
11:41 AM – 31 Jul 13

Update July 31, 2013: On July 31, 2013, Jacqueline called out Kim G for her tweets directed at Teresa:

Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
Hey @Kimgranatell ! I haven’t seen you in 2 years,U have been MIA, until now. U r very vocal. I know you never… http://fb.me/108eQdByr

Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
Hey @Kimgranatell ! I haven’t seen you in 2 years,U have been MIA, until now. U r very vocal. I know you never cared… http://say.ly/gUo6oqG

Kim G’s friend Monica Chacon (seated far right in the photo below) told RadarOnline on July 30, 2013, that she has been working with federal investigators over the past four years to nab the Giudices (so would that make her a snitch, rat, narc, fink?).

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Monica’s husband, William Saracino of Totowa, NJ, is the attorney for Joe Giudice’s former business partner, Joseph Mastropole, who sued Joe and Teresa in 2007 for $260,000, the debt due in a business divorce agreement. Mastropole accused Juicy of forging his signature on documents to discharge a mortgage on property they jointly owned for the purpose of refinancing the property to garner funds (Juicy admitted in court to forging his signature).

Juicy forged Mastropole’s signature on the discharge of a mortgage for 17 Webster Place, and in June 2007, refinanced the mortgage on the property, whereby a preexisting $994,565 Astoria Federal mortgage was replaced with $1,675,000 of Dominion mortgages.

Juicy admitted that he forged the signature but testified that on any occasion Mastropole had authorized him to sign his name to documents (on camera in season 4, Juicy said he had his implied permission to do so, or something to that effect), which Mastropole denied, testifying that Juicy signed his name without his knowledge or authorization. Juicy also admitted during his testimony to forging the notary’s signature and the notary seal.

Juicy was found liable in court for the debt in the amount of $255,000 (Juicy went to Mastropole at some time in December 2007 and gave him a $5,000 payment, attributed by Mastropole to relate to an earlier vehicle transaction, but credited against the $260,000 debt by the awarding court in the judgment of October 23, 2009).

The judge wrote: “The Giudice forgery under the circumstances established in this proceeding leads to the clear conclusion that J. Giudice defrauded Mastropole. That conclusion justifies excepting Mastropole’s claim from any bankruptcy discharge of J. Giudice which might eventuate.”

Public records show that there is still an open judgment of $255,000, meaning he has not paid Mastropole.

You can read the opinion letter on the case here, which was written by the bankruptcy judge (at the time the case was before the court, in December 2010, Juicy had not withdrawn his bankruptcy petition, and Mastropole was suing so that the debt due him would be excepted from bankruptcy discharge). The letter is very damning against Juicy. The judge writes: “The extraordinary web of lies and misrepresentations woven by Giudice to implement and cover his misconduct reflects on his approach to business matters, and suggests his disregard for legal restraints which would bind others.”

Update July 31, 2013: Monica spoke with RadarOnline again on July 31, 2013, and said the following about the Giudices:

According to attorney Monica Chacon, who represented Joe’s former business partner Joe Mastropole in a 2007 fraud case, Joe allegedly used “gang” tactics to intimidate her and her client.

“Someone blew out seven windows at our office the same day we filed in court,” she claims. “They were shooting slingshots with marbles. Of course we didn’t catch Joe doing it, but my and my husband’s office and Joe Mastropole’s office were both targeted the same day we filed in court. It wasn’t a coincidence.”

“You see a lot of different types of people when you’re a lawyer, but these two … I don’t know if they’re just that dumb, or if they’re crazy smart.”

“They just don’t care!” Chacon says. “They do what they want, and they say what they want, and figure that someday they’ll deal with the implications.”

“Even Al Capone didn’t go down for murdering people, he went down for tax evasion!” Chacon laughs.

But despite rumors, she says that Joe and Teresa definitely don’t have mafia ties.

“They have an inner-city, gang mentality,” Chacon explains. “They’re like people who have nothing to lose. That’s what you’re dealing with. It’s crazy.”

The following is an excerpt from the July 30, 2013 RadarOnline article where Monica says she has been working with the feds to nab the Guidices.

A lawyer who worked to have them found liable for fraud back in 2007 tells RadarOnline.com that she feels vindicated — and even a little bit pleased.

“It does feel good,” attorney Monica Chacon tells RadarOnline.com exclusively. Chacon represented Joe’s former business partner Joe Mastropole when he sued Giudice for fraud in 2007.

“The work we put in to make sure the judge recognized they were committing fraud ultimately resulted in them withdrawing their petition [and tipping off the feds],” she explains. “It’s been a long road.”

In fact, Chacon says, she’s been aiding federal investigators in their work to nab the Giudices for years. “Our office has had calls from some federal agencies over the past four years,” she reveals. “You don’t think it’s gonna come to anything and then finally [it happens].”

Still, she says, “Teresa and Joe’s true day of reckoning is yet to come. The federal case is still ongoing. To actual vindication, I think it will be a long road.”

“But finally it feels like people are opening their eyes to the situation after so many years,” Chacon says. “Little by little, the truth is starting to come out. They’re starting to show who they really are and what they are about.”

“Everybody around her knows they’re sleazy,” Chacon insists. “I think that their fans must be from anywhere but New Jersey!”

Monica was Kim G’s guest at the Gorga’s Christmas party in their home during season 3 episode 10 (photos below) — she introduced herself as “the lawyer suing Teresa.” She is the “lawyer” the Gorgas like to boast about kicking out of the party to appease Teresa — Teresa was upset that Monica was there, in her brother’s house, because the two had a verbal altercation at the court house earlier that day.

According to an insider, both Bravo and Melissa invited Monica to the party, although, during the episode, Melissa denied even knowing her.

During season 3 episode 10 (Melissa’s Christmas party), Melissa first claimed, “I don’t even know who the woman [Monica] is, so why is she in my house?” Then she feigned surprise recognition when Kim G said to Melissa, “Say ‘hi’ to Monica again.” Melissa quickly regrouped and said, “I think I met you at the fashion show.”

https://famewhorgas.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/39/

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Lets flashback to some older articles at FW where Monica Chacon is mentioned. The following are excerpts from those articles.

Joe and Teresa Giudice Each Released on $500,000 Bond; Pleas to Fraud Charges to be Entered at Arraignment Hearing on August 14

July 30, 2013 540 comments

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Joe and Teresa Giudice appeared in court to face charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on July 30, 2013 (photo above). In their 2009 bankruptcy filing, the couple said they were $11 million in debt. They stated their monthly take-home pay was $16,583, but $10,000 was from “monthly assistance from family members” and Bravo income. It also said they owed $2.2 million in mortgages, $13,000 to Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, and nearly $12,000 to a fertility clinic. The most serious charges the couple face, bank fraud and loan application fraud, carry a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. [Source]

NJ.com
July 30, 2013

Appearing in a packed hearing in federal court this morning, Teresa and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, two stars of the hugely popular Bravo television show, “ Real Housewives of New Jersey,” heard the major charges read aloud from a 39-count indictment, that accuses them of conspiring to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in mortgages and other loans and of hiding assets and income during their past bankruptcy proceedings.

The married couple — who create controversy on the TV show nearly each week, with their strong personalities and propensity to argue — stared straight ahead for much of the brief hearing in Newark.

They did not yet enter their pleas to the charges against them, as their arraignment hearing is set for Aug. 14.

Each was released on $500,000 unsecured appearance bonds.

At the court hearing, a federal prosecutor explained that Joe Giudice is not a citizen of the United States, but of Italy. If convicted, he would subject to immigration proceedings and would likely be deported.

Teresa Giudice, wearing a white pants suit, her dark hair pulled back in a ponytail sat through the 15-minute hearing with little expression on her face. She was flanked by her her high profile lawyer Henry Klingeman. In the seat to Klingeman’s right sat Joe Giudice, 43, wearing a crisp, dark suit with a tie and pink shirt. He stared straight ahead through most of the proceedings, his face appearing serious and at times stern.

Standing in the courtroom, the prosecutor listed the maximum prison sentence that each Giudice could face if convicted on certain counts. Some of the counts include a maximum 20-year sentence, others a 30-year sentence

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said a plea deal has not been discussed when he addressed the media after the hearing.

Fishman announced the 39-count federal indictment on Monday. If convicted, each reality TV star could face dozens of years in prison.

Joe Giudice is also accused of failing to file tax returns from 2004 to 2008, when he allegedly earned nearly $1 million.

“The indictment returned (by a grand jury) 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.”

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Click here for more photos at NJ.com.

The following is the link to the video at TMZ (Teresa and Joe Giudice make their way to an awaiting car after surrendering to federal authorities in their fraud case – each was free on a $500,000 bond):

http://www.tmz.com/2013/07/30/teresa-giudice-surrender-released-on-500k-bond/

Some of the questions asked by reporters:

Has Andy reached out to you? Are you worried the show will be used against you? Is there anything you want to say to your children? Are you worried about your children? Will this bring you guys closer together? Are the other cast members saying anything? Joe, are you afraid of being deported?

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The following is the link to the 39-count federal indictment:

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nj/Press/files/pdffiles/2013/Guidice,%20Giuseppe%20and%20Teresa%20Indictment.pdf

The following is a link to the Giudice’s 2009 bankruptcy filing:

http://www.jacksonvillebankruptcylawyerblog.com/2012/02/the-final-adversary-case-in.html

“In court documents filed in September 2010, it was claimed that the Giudices hid $250,000 in assets when they filed for Chapter 7 in October 2009. Most of this amount allegedly stemed from the advance Teresa received for her cookbook, Skinny Italian; while the couple also failed to claim ownership of an online boutique called TG Fabulicious, in addition to Joe’s 1601 Maple Avenue Associates, LLC.” [Source]

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Click here for more photos at NY Daily News.

Categories: Money Fraud Charges

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)

July 29, 2013 373 comments

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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.

Us Weekly
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.”

NJ.com (Excerpt)
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.

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The following is Teresa’s Bravo blog for season 5 episode 9.