Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice has been sentenced 15 months while her husband Joe Guidice has been sentenced 41 months in a federal prison.
She will begin serving the sentence January 5. She’ll complete her sentence and then Joe will begin his.
Joe must also pay $414,588.90 in restitution and enter an alcohol treatment program in prison.
Before handing down the sentence … the judge chewed out Joe and Teresa for being dishonest with their finances — pointing out the government had to dig up details they should have disclosed up front.
Both Joe and Teresa dissolved into tears as the judge tore into them.
Teresa made a plea to the judge to give her house arrest instead of time behind bars so she could care for her kids. Her husband Joe will spend 41 months behind bars, and she says their 4 kids will have to be split up among their relatives if they both serve.
But the judge said the sentences would be staggered, so when one is in prison, the other can perform parental duties.
Before sentencing … Teresa begged the judge for leniency, saying she is in a deep depression and her life is now ruined. She says all she cares about is her kids and she has no interest anymore in TV shows.
She also said she didn’t care about handbags … a reference to the fact that she was photographed last month with a really expensive bag when she was monkeying around with bankruptcy.
The judge wasn’t buying it, saying … “I need to send a message. In the eyes of the law it doesn’t matter who you are. There are consequences to pay.”
Both Teresa and Joe were convicted of wire and bankruptcy fraud. According to the sentencing guidelines, Teresa should have received a sentences of 21 – 27 months. Prosecutors recommended 21 — saying if the judge wasn’t hard it would show being famous counts. Nonetheless the judge went way more lenient.
Below is a video of them leaving court today. If you listen closely, you can hear someone ask “Teresa, have you been watching Orange Is The New Black?” Ouch! I hope their children are okay more than anything.