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‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ couple plead guilty to multiple fraud charges

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Joe and Teresa Giudice got a dose of reality Tuesday.

The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars pleaded guilty to multiple fraud charges, including bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.

Under federal guidelines, Joe Giudice faces a potential sentence of 37 to 46 months.  Teresa Giudice could get 21 to 27 months in prison. Her lawyer, Henry Klingeman said outside the Federal Courthouse in Newark they are hoping for leniency at the July 8th sentencing.

“We are going to ask the court for a probation sentence,” Klingeman said.

Giudices

Teresa and Joe Giudice did not comment as they left court. But Klingeman said Teresa has taken responsibility for her mistakes and is expressing remorse. He also read a statement from her.

“I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family, especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world.”

Joe Giudice is an Italian citizen and could face deportation after serving prison time. His lawyer, Miles Feinstein, said “Joe, in fact, accepted responsibility. He acknowledged what he had done and he did this to help his wife in the best possibly way.”

Teresa Giudice is required to pay 200 thousand dollars by the July sentencing date.

Her lawyer said she will continue to participate in the “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”