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'Real Housewives’ star Teresa Giudice faces prison

Teresa and Joe Giudice are frauds. No, really. They said so.

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Teresa and Joe Giudice are frauds. No, really. They said so.

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Doesn’t get much more real than this.

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice pleaded guilty Tuesday to several counts of mortgage and bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and failing to pay taxes. The pair could face time in prison.

“Today I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago,” Giudice said in a statement to People. “I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus I intend to address the court directly at sentencing. I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse to Judge (Esther) Salas and the public.”

The couple pleaded guilty in November but re-entered a plea Tuesday in a deal that still could include time in the slammer. Teresa faces 21-27 months in federal prison while Joe is looking at 37-46 months. Sentencing is scheduled for July 8, and their attorney says they can ask for probation. Joe, who is an Italian citizen, could be deported.

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

The Bravo reality stars are parents to Gia, 13, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 5.

But despite all the drama mother Teresa's been dealing with, she took a moment before showing up in court on Tuesday to congratulate Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, who will be competing on Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars:

Congrats @NeNeLeakes on DWTS! she tweeted. Can’t wait to watch you. Xx.

… From prison.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10:49pm]

    

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