The Teresa Giudice Legal Defense Fund
In December 2008, Al Manzo hosted a fund-raiser at The Brownstone to raise money for Bernie Kerik’s legal defense – Bernie was scheduled to face trial in October 2009 for federal charges of fraud but instead pleaded guilty in November 2009.
In August 2013, a month after Teresa and Joe were indicted for money fraud, Teresa considered taking the same route as Bernie by scheduling a fundraiser at the Maliblue Oyster Bar to “collect donations to support her legal defense,” but when she was called out on it by bloggers, she claimed the press release was a PR stunt to drum up business for the restaurant.
On August 28, 2013, Teresa Giudice tweeted that she would be making an appearance at the Maliblue Oyster Bar in Lido Beach, NY from 7:30 to 8:30 PM on August 29, 2013 – she misspelled the name of the restaurant in her tweet:
Although neither Teresa’s tweet or the ad stated that the event was a fundraiser for her defense, the press release clearly stated it was for her defense fund. Plus, the name of the restaurant also was misspelled in the press release (it was misspelled in the same way as it was in Teresa’s tweet).
The following is the press release:
NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — A group of bartenders and staff from a legendary Long Island beach resort and catering facility are collecting donations to support the legal defense of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice.
They strongly believe Teresa will be vindicated soon and will be collecting funds to aid her defense. They are seeking donations from compassionate fans of the reality TV star, who has four young children. The Bartenders, servers and other wait staff work at Malibu Beach Club, where Teresa is making a special appearance tomorrow night, Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Malibu Beach Club is an iconic New York area oceanfront facility where the biggest names in show business have performed over the last 50 years including Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, U2 and Pat Benatar.
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.
Teresa and her husband Joe Giudice are facing 39 counts of fraud, which could result in up to 50 years in jail. The Giudices are charged with an alleged conspiracy to defraud lenders and illegally obtain mortgages. In addition, they are also accused of hiding assets and income while declaring bankruptcy.
“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,” stated Teresa Giudice.
For interviews or further information please contact the Teresa Giudice Legal Defense Fund at 646-571-3131.
SOURCE Malibu Beach Club
After bloggers caught onto the story, Teresa went on Twitter on August 29, 2013 at about 4:30 PM EST to say, “I am just hearing this – what???,” and denied any involvement in raising money for her defense, claiming that staff from the restaurant, without her knowledge, released the press release. Instead, she encouraged people to support her by donating to a charity she promotes, the Nephcure Foundation (notice how she correctly spelled the restaurant name in her tweet on August 29):
PR agent Johnny Donovan also went on Twitter shortly after Teresa, saying that her appearance was a “meet and greet to kick off Labor Day weekend” and claimed that other press about the event was “false information”:
With the name of the restaurant being misspelled in both Teresa’s tweet and the press release, you have to wonder if she was behind it since, obviously, the restaurant knows how to spell its name, unlike Teresa’s team.
The other ad for the event on Maliblue Oyster Bar’s Facebook page shows a full line-up for the Labor Day weekend – Teresa is among several others scheduled to make an appearance at the restaurant.
Teresa’s income must be well over $1 million per year ($650,000 plus bonuses, syndication royalties, product sales, appearance fees, etc.), and Joe is running Modern Era Construction, so they should be capable of paying for their defense, especially if they sell their high dollar assets and reduce their monthly expenditures by living a more modest lifestyle.
Teresa is not destitute. There are truly poor and needy people in the world – the Giudices don’t need charity.
If the Giudices are struggling financially, Teresa should ask Bravo for a raise and downsize her lifestyle instead of looking for handouts – she doesn’t need to live in a 10,000 SF home along with all the other luxuries.
No one who is flaunting designer clothes/shoes/bags and fur coats, wearing gold and silver and diamonds, living in mansions, spending the weekend in their vacation homes, and driving luxury vehicles should be asking others to make sacrifices that they themselves are not willing to make. That’s insane.
It would be a bad move on Teresa’s part to endorse and promote a defense fund in her name because it would seem like she doesn’t want to use her own money for attorney fees and fines to defend herself against the charges in the federal indictment handed down on July 29, 2013 – and it would seem like she wants to use other people’s money so she doesn’t have to give up her life of luxury. She needs to be careful because the feds are still watching her.
Because of a lawsuit filed by a federal bankruptcy court trustee, Joe and Teresa dropped their bankruptcy petitions in 2011 in order to prevent “further inquiry or litigation” and so that she wouldn’t have “to make any further admissions.”
They, at one point, had their home in the Poconos on the market (I don’t know if this is still the case). If they need funds to pay for legal fees, then they should sell the mansion and shore house. This makes the most sense to me. The furniture will resale for only a fraction of what they paid, so it is a non issue. If they have multiple luxury vehicles, then they should be sold. Fine jewelry should be sold since they can get a good price for gold, silver and diamonds. Vacations need to be put on hold.
The last thing the Giudices should be doing is asking others to pay their fines and attorney fees. It’s asking others to sacrifice before they do.
The Giudices still have open judgments against them for:
1. Joe’s former business partners, Joseph Mastropole and Frances Mastropole ($255,000)
2. PSEG (Public Service Electric and Gas) ($60,142.16)
3. Burrell Humphreys, lawyer ($6,219.98)
4. North Hudson I.V.F. for fertility treatments ($11,310.59)
I don’t know about their investment properties… Teresa said they sold them (some or all, I don’t know) and settled the mortgages with the banks (could have been short sales but it also could have been that the banks foreclosed on the properties).
In Touch Weekly also reported on the story.
Teresa Giudice To Get Financial Help From New York Bar
In Touch Weekly
August 28, 2013 06:20 PM EDT
Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe are facing a whole slew of charges following what is being reported as a fraudulent bankruptcy filing. The Real Housewives of New Jersey couple claims to be innocent and have hired top lawyers to help them beat the charges; however, it won’t be easy and it won’t be cheap.
Luckily, Teresa is getting some help from a local bar near her home.
According to new report, the Malibu Oyster Bar is hosting a fundraiser to help Teresa out with her growing legal bills.
“We believe Teresa will be vindicated soon but in the meantime, we are collecting funds to aid her defense,” a restaurant spokesperson said. “She has four young children who desperately need her in their lives.”
Teresa and Joe have likely already spent tons of money putting this case in the hands of top professionals and since their freedom and involvement in their children’s lives is on the line, they will surely continue to spend any money needed in order to maintain their freedom.
In return, Teresa is scheduled to appear at the Malibu Oyster Bar tomorrow night, August 29, which she tweeted about earlier today.
“Come see me at Malibu Oyster Bar in Long Island I will be there from 7:30 to 8:30pm,” she wrote.
Hopefully, the bar can give Teresa the help she needs with her upcoming trial.