Teresa and Joe Giudice (Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
In a 39-count indictment filed Monday by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the married couple has been accused of exaggerating their income while applying for loans and then hiding improving fortunes after filing for bankruptcy. The counts include conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and making false statements on loan applications.
The fraudulent mortgage and loan applications are for the years 2001 through 2008. Joe has been charged with not filing tax returns for 2004 through 2008, while Teresa has been accused of lying about her employment when applying for a mortgage loan in 2001, as well as submitting fake W-2 forms and pay stubs.
A full list of the charges has been posted online by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
The defendants are scheduled to make their initial court appearances on Tuesday at 10 a.m. edt before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark, NJ, federal court.
Teresa is represented by New Jersey-based lawyer Henry E. Klingeman, who issued the following statement over the indictment, "Teresa will plead 'not guilty.' The judicial process that begins today ... is a search for the truth. As it moves forward, we look forward to vindicating her."
In a statement issued by her lawyer, Giudice wrote, "Today is a most difficult day for our family. I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me. 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."
A rep for Bravo, the NBC Universal network that airs the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" has "no comment."
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