Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Joe and Teresa Giudice’s are close to a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office that would include jail time for Joe. A source close to the case says that if the plea deal is reached; Joe will have to serve a minimum of five years in a federal prison while Teresa will have a maximum of five years probation. The couple had been charged with 39 counts of fraud in October of 2013 and an additional two charges were filed in November causing them to face up to fifty years in prison each. In addition, the couple will have to pay up to $11 million in restitution and Joe will not be deported according to the plea deal.
After pleading not guilty to the charges, Teresa opened up in November saying: “You’ve got to keep living life and being positive. You can’t just curl up in a ball and crawl into a hole. What’s that going to do? I want the kids to enjoy their childhood. And to be the best mom I can be.”
The source reveals that Joe and Teresa are scheduled to appear in a federal court on Tuesday when the judge will decide whether or not he will accept the plea deal.
The plea deal will not keep Joe, who’s not a US citizen but from Italy, from being deported. After the conviction, US immigration officials will decide if they want to proceed with sending him back to Italy. What are your thoughts? Post your comments below.
Source: InTouch Weekly
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