Reality Show Personality Hit With Criminal Charges TMZ.com
A reality television personality and her husband are facing what's being described as "a laundry list of criminal charges -- ranging from bank fraud to tax evasion -- and now, they both face more than 50 years in prison if convicted," TMZ.com reports.
The charges were announced against Teresa Giudice, of Bravo's "Real Housewives of New Jersey," and her husband, Joe Giudice.
"U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman just announced the 39-count indictment, claiming Teresa and her hubby massively defrauded the IRS as well as several banks between 2001-2008," the story reports. "According to the U.S. Attorney, the Giudices conspired to illegally obtain mortgages and other loans from multiple banks by intentionally overestimating their incomes in order to get more money."
The couple are also accused of withholding information about their net worth after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2009, the piece reports, noting that Teresa Giudice's income from the Bravo show was one of the details in question.
"As for tax evasion, Joe is accused of failing to file income tax returns for the years 2004-2008, during which he allegedly earned $1 million," the story reports. "All told, the Giudices were hit with 39 charges -- including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, which carries a max prison sentence of 20 years, and bank fraud, which carries a max of 30 years. The remaining charges carry the possibility of even more prison time."
The Giudices had not been arrested, the report notes, but they have a court date set for Tuesday morning in New Jersey.