'Real Housewives' Stars Teresa and Joe Giudice Charged With Fraud
Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe Giudice, stars of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," have been charged in an alleged conspiracy to defraud lenders and illegally obtain mortgages during a bankruptcy case.
The 39-count indictment, which a federal grand jury returned today, details charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud, against the couple from Towaco, N.J.
The indictment, obtained by ABC News, also accuses Joe Giudice, 43, of failure to file tax returns for 2004 through 2008, a period when he allegedly earned nearly $1 million.
The couple first filed for bankruptcy in 2009, claiming more than $10 million in debts.
Henry Klingeman, an attorney for Teresa Guidice, 41, said in a statement to ABC News that she will plead not guilty.
"The judicial process that begins today with an indictment is a search for the truth," he said. "As it moves forward, we look forward to vindicating her."
Teresa Giudice also issued her own statement.
"Today is a most difficult day for our family. I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me," she said. "I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the government as quickly as possible."
Joe Giudice is a client of Miles Feinstein in Clifton, N.J., Feinstein's office confirmed, though it could not yet say if Feinstein would represent him in this particular case.
Teresa Giudice told "The View" shortly after the bankruptcy filing that the Guidices were forced into bankruptcy because tenants at her husband's four apartment buildings in East Orange, N.J., were having trouble paying rent during the economic downturn.
She added that he was caught up in a lawsuit regarding properties.
"It's all in the buildings," she said of the debt.
The couple is expected to make an initial court appearance Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET in Newark, N.J., federal court.