‘Real Housewives’ stars indicted on more federal fraud charges
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.