Reality Bites for Real Housewives of New Jersey Co-Star Teresa Giudice
We love to hate them and hate to love them. But despite the love-hate relationship we often have with reality TV stars, we just can’t seem to turn our attention away from them. Reality superstars are the very fabric of pop cultural media today. But what happens when that thoughtfully scripted TV drama becomes too real? What happens when that phony arrest made for publicity’s sake is also debuted on our five-o-clock news?
Such is the now the case for Real Housewives of New Jersey co-star, Teresa Giudice. In July 2013, Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe were indicted on thirty-nine counts of fraud, including mail and wire fraud. Allegedly, Teresa and Joe made fraudulent statements on mortgage loan applications before RHONJ aired in 2009. Additionally, Joe has been charged with filing false tax returns.
The two pled not guilty to the federal charges and each face up to thirty years in prison and multi-million dollars fines if convicted. Joe Giudice, an Italian citizen, also faces deportation if convicted. Recently, the prosecution team has demanded that Bravo turn over unedited footage of Giudices, presumably to glean any evidence from the outtakes that may strengthen their case.
Mail and wire fraud charges are often brought together as federal criminal charges. Under 18 U.S.C. § 1341, if the mail is used in connection with the commission of a criminal offense, then a charge of mail fraud is proper. Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 133, commission of a criminal offense via the use of a telephone, cellular device, computer or by similar means may result in charge of wire fraud. Both charges may result in serious jail time or heavy monetary fines.
We at Simmons Law are poised to serve any and all of your legal needs and encourage any person subject to wire or mail fraud charges in the greater Atlanta area to contact us immediately.