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Joe Giudice's former business parter wants him and Teresa behind bars

Joe and Teresa Giudice are currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to fraud earlier this year.

Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice appear 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 March 4, 2014 in Newark, United States.
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As they wait, the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars' former friend and Joe's former business partner, Joe Mastropole, is speaking out against them, claiming that the sentences they are both facing are not nearly enough punishment for what they have done.

“A few years in jail is not enough,” Mastropole told Radar Online on April 16. “The time is not enough for the crime.”

Mastropole, and New Jersey construction exec, has his own personal reason for wanting to see the Giudices behind bars for an extended period of time. In 2011, Mastropole won a $260,000 judgement after Joe was found guilty of forging his signature on a mortgage document. In court, Joe was discovered to have used Mastropole's signature in an effort to pocket $1 million. Joe also reportedly owes Mastropole $420,902.60 for a real estate debt, but according to the report, the sum was swept away during Joe and Teresa's bankruptcy case years ago (which played a part in their recent indictment).

Now that the Giudices have admitted their guilt Mastropole is hoping that the judge will give them more time -- at least to discourage other criminals from doing the same thing. After all, pocketing millions in exchange for a year or two behind bars would be a small price to pay, at least for most.

“People will be willing to do a few years in jail for $13 million,” he predicts. The court “should make an example of these swindlers so other people don’t try to do the same thing.”

Joe and Teresa Giudice are scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on July 8. Joe is facing up to four years behind bars while Teresa is facing two.

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