Joe Giudice, Husband of ‘RHONJ’ Star Teresa Giudice, Sentenced to 41 Months in Jail
Joe Giudice, husband of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Teresa Giudice, was sentenced today, Oct. 2, to 41 months in jail on charges of fraud. He has also been ordered to pay over $410,000 in restitution to Wells Fargo Bank and another $10,000 in fines, reports Us Weekly.
Both Joe and Teresa plead guilty on March 4, 2014, on charges of conspiring to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and three types of bankruptcy fraud. The two were originally scheduled to receive their sentences on July 8, but the hearings were delayed after Joe's father passed away during the summer.
While Joe's sentence has already been handed down, Teresa is still awaiting her punishment, although it is unlikely Teresa will receive the same sentence as her husband.
"I stand here humiliated before the court and my family and society," Joe read in a statement to the court. "I disgraced many people, including my wife and four daughters. I take full responsibility for my actions. I promise to be a better person."
In Teresa's statement (quote via People), the 41-year-old reality star read, "My daughters are my life. I'm more sorry than anyone will ever know. I will make this right no matter what."
She also added, "I'm really scared ... I need to learn to do things for myself. It's time for me to wake up."
In 2009, the Giuidices filed for bankruptcy but then later withdrew their petition for bankruptcy. In July of 2013, the two were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and lying about their income. Joe Giudice was also charged with fraudulently using his brother's marriage and birth certificates in order to obtain a driver's license in 2010. Joe's own driver's license was suspended in 2010 as a result of a DUI.
The subject of their legal problems and the possibility of going to jail had been a topic of discussion on Teresa's show, 'Real Housewives of New Jersey.' The show is in its sixth season on Bravo, with the current season's finale scheduled to air on Oct. 12.
UPDATE: Teresa has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. She's also been ordered to serve two years' probation after her jail time, and has been fined $8,000.