Real Housewives' Teresa Giudice and Husband Joe Hit With New Fraud Charges

Lawyers for the couple say the plan remains to plead not guilty on all counts, which now include two more charges of loan application and bank fraud

By Natalie Finn Nov 18, 2013 11:42 PMTags
Joe Giudice,Teresa Giudice, CourtMike Coppola/Getty Images

The plot has thickened for Joe and Teresa Giudice.

The federal government has tacked two new charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud onto the previously 39-count indictment filed against the Real Housewives of New Jersey couple, alleging that Teresa lied about her income and employment situation on a mortgage loan application.

Arraignment on these two counts is scheduled for Wednesday. The Giudices, who celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary last month, pleaded not guilty on all previous counts in July—and that's still the plan moving forward, according to their attorneys.

"As she did with respect to the allegations contained in the original indictment, Teresa intends to plead ‘not guilty' to the allegations in the new indictment," her lawyer Henry Klingeman said in a statement.

"She looks forward to defending herself athe trial, scheduled for Feb. 24, 2014. Beyond that, we will answer all of the charges in court, not out."

"Our position is that it's really piling on," Joe's attorney, Miles Feinstein, whose client is also accused of not reporting about $1 million of income to the IRS between 2004 and 2008, also told reporters.

Per the now 41-count indictment, a mortgage-loan application filed by the couple falsely listed Teresa's occupation as real estate agent and her monthly salary as $15,000 when she was actually unemployed.

In the face of concern by some close to them that the Real Housewives matriarch was in denial over the severity of the charges against them, Teresa insisted to the contrary on her Bravo blog.

"I'm not in denial about it, I know it's serious and terrible, and I wouldn't wish this situation on anyone," she wrote in September. "If you've ever been in any kind of legal situation, even a divorce, you know it can suck your soul dry faster than almost anything else. It's not a pretty process. But I choose to stay positive."

And at least the family enjoyed their weekend. Teresa tweeted out pics of her and Joe and their three oldest daughters watching the New York Giants play (and ultimately beat) the Green Bay Packers yesterday at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

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