"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice have plead guilty to four cases of fraud in their plea agreement. Deadline reported on March 4 that the couple now faces up to two years in jail for their crimes.
Teresa Giudice faces up to 21 to 27 months in prison while Joe Giudice faces up to 37 to 46 months for the fraud.
The charges included enough to put them behind bars for 50 years. Overall, there were 41 different counts of fraud, so the plea deal eliminates most of those charges. These included falsifying income for loans and then hiding sources of income to avoid paying taxes on it. Most of the charges they plead not guilt to came before the reality show began.
Bravo, who televises "Real Housewives of New Jersey," had no statement on the plea deal and the guilty charges. Whether or not they will continue on with Teresa Giudice as a cast member is unknown. Since this is reality television, there is always the chance that this could be seen as a ratings possibility as fans watch to see how the couple deals with the charges.
Of course, if they both end up in prison for two years, that would eliminate that possibility. The original idea was that Joe Giudice would accept the prison sentence to keep his wife out of jail, mostly for their children's sake. Giudice said that the kids were the most important consideration in their plea deals.