‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ stars plead guilty to fraud

Sam Scorzo Contributor
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The rich and famous wanna-be reality stars of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” are finally getting a well-deserved reality check.

Teresa and Joe Giudice pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges including concealing income and three types of bankruptcy fraud, according to the Associated Press.

“Today, I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago,” Teresa said in a statement Tuesday. “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 Salas and the public.”

The Giudices were charged last July after it was found that they lied about their wealth in order to obtain several loans before they started filming the show. After season one wrapped in 2009, the couple fabricated documents in order to file for bankruptcy.

The AP reports that the couple claimed they owed a total of $11 million, including $2.2 million in mortgages, $13,000 to Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom and $12,000 to a fertility clinic.

Joe also admitted on Tuesday that he concealed about $1 million from 2004 to 2008.

Teresa, the mother of four young girls,  faces around two years in prison, and Joe faces about four years as well as possible deportation since he is an Italian citizen.

However, Joe’s attorney, Miles Feinstein, claims that his client was unaware he wasn’t an American citizen, so deporting him after his sentence is served would be “a grave injustice, and inhumane.”

But not to worry for fans of the show: the Bravo stars have promised to continue to film until they are sentenced on July 8.

The show is currently filming season six and according to TMZ, producers are “going at warp speed” to fit in as much of the Giudices’s drama as they can.