'Real Housewives' New Jersey couple facing fraud charges

Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:01pm EDT
 
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(Editor's note: Please be advised that first sentence contains language that may offend some readers)

By Emily Flitter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - She was called a "dumb ass" on national television on Sunday, but things got worse for reality TV "Real Housewife" Teresa Guidice on Monday when she and her husband, Giuseppe, were charged with fraud and tax evasion.

The two cast members of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" were indicted in U.S. District Court in New Jersey on a total of 39 charges, including bankruptcy fraud, making false statements on loan applications, bank fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, according to court filings.

Giuseppe, 43, who is known as Joe, was also accused of failing to file tax returns between 2004 and 2008, illegally earning $1 million.

The charges are the latest in a string of high-drama run-ins with family members and the law by the Guidices in recent years, as the TV network Bravo Media airs the fifth season of its New Jersey version of "Real Housewives," a television franchise that follows wealthy couples and their families in several North American cities.

"Today is a most difficult day for our family," Teresa Guidice said in a statement emailed to the press by her lawyer, Henry Klingeman.

"I support Joe, and as a wonderful husband and father I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me," she said. "I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the Government as quickly as possible."   Continued...