The fraud case against “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Teresa and Joe Giudice may be nearing its resolution, but the reality stars’ nightmare seems to have only just begun.
After being hit with a 39-count indictment that included conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and making false statements on loan applications in July of 2013, followed by an additional two in November, the Giudices and their lawyers are close to a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s office, In Touch Weekly reports on Friday (Feb. 28).
A source close to the case tells the mag that, should the judge sign off on the deal, Joe will be serve a minimum of five years behind bars in a federal prison, while his wife will be hit with a maximum five year probation. (Seems steep, but it’s a far cry from the 50 years both were initially facing.)
On top of that, the Giudices will be made to pay up to $11 million in restitution. Joe, not a natural-born citizen of the U.S., will not face deportation, as originally feared.
According to the report, the couple is schedule to appear in federal court on Tuesday (March 4), where the judge will issue a ruling on the deal.
Do you think Joe and Teresa’s plea deal is fair or is the couple getting off relatively easy, all things considered?