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No surprise, Teresa and Joe Giudice made quite the impression when they arrived in court today.
As expected, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star and her husband pleaded not guilty to fraud charges before a federal judge in Newark, N.J.,Wednesday afternoon.
The reality couple arrived hand-in-hand, both dressed sharply in suits for their court appearance. Joe wore a trendy navy style, while Teresa sported a nude ensemble, which she paired with matching pumps and pulled her up in a large neat bun.
Police officers were stationed outside and barricades were put up before the pair arrived in order to project the media—an unprecedented move for the New Jersey federal court.
Joe's parents were not present for the latest legal drama, and the Bravo star let out a small smirk when asked if he was going to be deported.
On July 29, Teresa and her husband were charged in a conspiracy to defraud lenders and illegally obtain mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case.
The 39-count indictment claims the Giudices committed mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, made false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud, while also charging Joe with failure to file tax returns from 2004 to 2008, during which time he allegedly earned nearly $1 million.
If convicted, each spouse could face a maximum prison sentence of 20 or 30 years, and Joe, who is not a citizen of the United States, could also be deported back to Italy.
The couple—who exited the courthouse holding hands but did not speak to reporters—is currently free on $500,000 bail each, but had to surrender their passports and cannot travel outside of New York or New Jersey.
Their next court date is scheduled for Oct. 8.
—Additional reporting by Alana Salata and Alicia Quarles