‘Real Housewives’ stars in­dicted on more fed­eral fraud charges

The Washington Times Daily - - Life - BY KATIE ZEZIMA

NE­WARK, N. J. Two stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” are fac­ing ad­di­tional fed­eral fraud charges.

Giuseppe “Joe” Gi­u­dice, 43, and Teresa Gi­u­dice, 41, were each in­dicted Mon­day on one count of bank fraud and one count of loan ap­pli­ca­tion fraud.

Au­thor­i­ties say the cou­ple pre­pared a mort­gage loan ap­pli­ca­tion stat­ing that Mrs. Gi­u­dice worked as a real es­tate agent and made $15,000 a month. In re­al­ity, au­thor­i­ties said, she was not em­ployed.

Mon­day’s charges are in ad­di­tion to a 39-count in­dict­ment handed down in July, charg­ing the cou­ple with con­spir­acy to com­mit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, mak­ing false state­ments on loan ap­pli­ca­tions and bank­ruptcy fraud.

Mr. Gi­u­dice also is charged with fail­ing to file tax re­turns from 2004 to 2008.

The north Jersey res­i­dents, par­ents to four young daugh­ters and known on the show for their lav­ish life­style and mas­sive home, pleaded not guilty in July and are sched­uled to be ar­raigned on the new charges Wed­nes­day.

Henry Klinge­man, an at­tor­ney for Mrs. Gi­u­dice, said she plans to plead not guilty to the new charges.

“She looks for­ward to de­fend­ing her­self at the trial, sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 24, 2014,” Mr. Klinge­man said in a state­ment. “Be­yond that, we will an­swer all of the charges in court, not out.”

Miles Fe­in­stein, an at­tor­ney for Mr. Gi­u­dice, said his client also plans to plead not guilty.

“Our po­si­tion is that it’s re­ally pil­ing on,” Mr. Fe­in­stein said.

Au­thor­i­ties said the cou­ple ex­ag­ger­ated their in­come while ap­ply­ing for loans be­fore their TV show de­buted in 2009, then hid their im­prov­ing for­tunes in a bank­ruptcy fil­ing.

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