NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two stars of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” are scheduled to make initial court appearances on federal fraud charges.
Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice were due in federal court Tuesday morning. They were charged in a 39-count indictment Monday with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.
The couple is accused of exaggerating their income while applying for loans before their TV show debuted in 2009, then hiding their fortunes in a bankruptcy filing after their first season aired.
Authorities allege the couple submitted fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications from 2001 to 2008, a year before their show debuted on Bravo. Prosecutors said the couple submitted fake W-2s, tax returns and bank account information to lenders.
Prosecutors allege the Giudices received about $4.6 million in mortgages, withdrawals from home equity lines of credit and construction loans.
Joe Giudice, an entrepreneur, also failed to file tax returns for the years 2004 through 2008, when he is alleged to have earned nearly $1 million, prosecutors said. During that time his income allegedly fluctuated wildly; the indictment states he made $323,481 in 2005 and $26,194 in 2006.
Teresa Giudice’s attorney, Henry Klingeman, said she would plead not guilty. Joe Giudice’s attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.