Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice (Source: Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty)
Stars of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Teresa and Joe Giudice were indicted earlier this month on 39-counts of federal fraud and tax charges that, according to legal experts, may cause them both to serve time in federal prison.
However, Teresa is attempting to walk away from the charges without spending anytime in the slammer.
After prosecutors rejected the couple’s proposed plea deal, the Giudices pleaded not guilty to the 39-counts against them at their arraignment in Newark, New Jersey
“Teresa wanted a plea deal that keeps her out of jail so she offered to do anything else BUT jail time and have Joe serve all of the time in jail. The prosecutor dismissed the deal outright,” a source told RadarOnline.
The couple is accused of submitting fraudulent mortgage and loan applications and fabricating tax returns and W-2 forms. Prosecutors also allege that Joe failed to file federal tax returns from 2004 to 2008.
Teresa and Joe are both free on a $500,000 bond each, but they are not allowed to travel outside of New York and New Jersey.
If convicted, Teresa and Joe could each face decades behind bars. Joe even faces being deported to Italy if he is found guilty of just one of the 39 counts in the indictment, prosecutors said — as it emerged that he is not a US citizen.
Despite the impending possibility of prison, Teresa is planning on expanding her empire by opening a restaurant!
Hours after her appearance in federal court, Teresa arrived at Kim D’s Posche Boutique to sign books and snap photos with fans. At the event, Teresa revealed to Entertainment Tonight that she and Joe are planning to open a new restaurant, stating that she is not going to stop working anytime soon.
“I’m not going to stop working,” she said. “ It’s a good example to show to my daughters — that Mommy’s a business woman and hopefully they’ll follow in my footsteps.”
Teresa and Joe’s trial is scheduled to begin on October 8th.
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On the same day Teresa plead not guilty to her federal fraud charges, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump was accused of fraud in a lawsuit filed against her and her husband.
Lisa and her husband Ken Todd are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by Ryan Carrillo and Andrew Gruver, who claim that they planned to open a sports-themed gay bar just a stone’s throw away from Vanderpump’s restaurant SUR, but the location was snatched by Lisa and Ken via underhanded paperwork.
Lisa, 52, and Todd, 55, denied any wrongdoing to The Wrap on Wednesday, stating they were unaware of the claim.
“We had no prior knowledge of Ryan Carrillo and Andrew Gruver or their claim,” the couple said. “We took the lease in good faith seven months ago and all of our applications and notices have been posted publicly. Any issue will be between them and the property owner.”
Lisa and Ken are currently constructing their new restaurant, P.U.M.P. Lounge at the location in question.
Ryan and Andrew allege fraud and breach of contract in their lawsuit, and are asking for an injunction blocking further construction of P.U.M.P Lounge.
MobWives breakout star Big Ang has scored her second spin-off on the Vh1 television network!
After the success of her first reality television spin-off, Big Ang, the lip-injected Queen of Staten Island will star in a new spinoff series. The new series entitled Miami Monkey will document Ang as she travels to Miami to open a second location of her bar.
Miami Monkey premieres on Sunday, September 8 at 10PM ET/PT.
The Real Housewives of Miami stars Joanna Krupa and husband Romain Zago may have forgotten to do something important….like pay their rent!
According to GossipExtrra, Joanna and Romain were reportedly a month late on their $15,000 monthly rent payment for their new Miami Beach waterfront house.
The couple’s landlord Tara Reality LLC filed a lawsuit against the pair on July 30th; however, the check materialized in the mail just a few days later.
“The matter was resolved quickly,” says Tara Realty attorney Craig Shapiro.
Joanna and Romain are currently celebrating their life as newlyweds. Their lavish wedding will be part of Joanna’s storyline this season on The Real Housewives of Miami.
RHOBH ‘s Brandi Glanville is having the time of her life with her new boyfriend Drew Carter.
Although the couple has only been on four dates, Brandi has already introduced the former NFL player to her Real Housewives co-stars.
Brandi and Drew attended the RHOBH season finale party together on August 9th at the Beverly Hilton, which was filmed for season four of the show.
“After shooting wrapped, Brandi, Drew and a couple of close friends hit the hotel’s 1912 bar for drinks and snacks,” a source told E! News. “Later on, they met up with Kim Richards at the Polo Lounge “
“He’s a good guy and he treats her very well. They’re into each other,” an insider said.
Is Kim Zolciak returning to The Real Housewives of Atlanta?
The former Atlanta housewife and current Don’t Be Tardy star made an intriguing announcement on Twitter this week.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is currently filming for season six of the series; however, Kim Zolciak quit the show while Season 5 was still in production.
“If RHOA gets picked up for Season 6, I would consider returning. My priorities were different [this season], but we’ll see what happens,” Kim told Hollywood.com a few months ago.
Bravo has since ordered a sixth season of RHOA and the Atlanta ladies have already begun filming. NeNe Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Stewart, Kenya Moore and Kandi Burruss are all reportedly returning for season six. In addition, rumor has it that Bravo is in talks to rotate in at least one “part-time” ‘Friend of the Housewives’.
Peter Rosello, the son of The Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria, has been arrested for the second time in a year.
Peter, 20, was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia by the North Miami Police Department, Gossip Extra reported.
According to the police report, Peter was a passenger in a vehicle that hit a parked unmarked police car. When the cops pulled over the vehicle, they searched the car and found a backpack full of weed and a pipe. Peter admitted to the police that the bag was his.
This was not the first time Peter has had a run in with the law. Peter was arrested last year after brutally attacking a sleeping homeless man and then posting video of the assault on YouTube.
After pleading guilty, he escaped serving jail time by agreeing to go into a diversion program for a year and performing 100 hours of community service.
A plea deal kept him out of prison yet again, and he will be participating in another diversion program.
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