Observing what should be private conflict is the meat and potatoes of reality television and has participants seeing just -- much chaos you can drum up is off in the name of the game. The real... See More
Observing what should be private conflict is the meat and potatoes of reality television and has participants seeing just -- much chaos you can drum up is off in the name of the game. The real housewives of New Jersey no exception. -- the bitter feuds to tears and even the all out brawls. But usually not serious federal charges. ABC's juju Chang brings us the real housewife. Now fighting in a forum far more perilous than a living room sat. And I'm gonna call you stop. Yeah I'm that hair. There's something about watching a train wreck which makes Joseph -- -- -- They're famous for their epic fights on the real housewives of New Jersey -- -- And I got a job -- But now. The TD -- -- are in the fight of their lives starring in a different kind of televised drama after posting bail to the tune of one million dollars. 39 counts in total including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud. They're both expected to plead not guilty and they -- left in the back to -- and the next. Money they allegedly used to fuel their spending binges. I mean. The little -- news very and then there's one more next plus. -- -- -- -- -- -- It's hard to know what fans tuned in out of envy. We're just to ridiculed the cringe worthy access constantly on display what people -- And is the -- food does not a. A fee for clothes for half -- makeup if you -- -- faulty your high some brother comes to televise that to fill it you'll pay in the cost. While spending sprees are nearly at trademark for the GDJ is dropping a 120000. Bucks cash on furniture for one room. Nine grand for a set of curtains alone. No detail too extravagant for her kids birthday parties -- thought nothing of dropping 700 bucks on a shiny pair of -- but tons or 15100. For a cocktail dress. The -- us as viewers we tune in. Because we want to see the fantasy I think we want to see these fabulous prizes that we probably will live or dead -- We want to see these fabulous book -- shoes designer handbags. Opulence is what we've come to expect from the real housewives. Lisa -- -- showed me her estate in Beverly Hills but the Lux life is something she and her husband earned after years in the restaurant business. In stark contrast the -- I -- an attack. At a fraction. -- -- -- What is much. Amidst all this lavish -- Teresa and Joseph are now charged with fraudulently applying for a variety of loans. Claiming that two recent was an executive assistant and using fake W twos the US attorney accuses -- of not filing proper tax returns for years. And hiding the income to -- earned. From being on the real housewives. Audiences like to see people fall from grace why. I think we build these people and then we wanna watch them fall and then start to elaborate that I think if I was going to chairman I think and might -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Out a premonition. For -- conviction could mean up to five decades behind bars. And Joseph Judy today an Italian citizen could even find himself deported back to Italy. I told him this is safe county charges. Might be deportable and these charges certainly are deportable. Teresa's lawyer issued a statement saying today is -- most difficult day for our family. I'm hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the government as quickly as possible about it. The reality couple said nothing outside court driving off into the sunset in an SUV driven by Joe's father. But when asked if she was worried about her son's possible deportation. -- amino DT today kept it classic. And -- -- Nightline I'm juju Chang in New York.
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