'Housewives' Couple Pleading Guilty in Fraud Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Husband-and-wife members of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast are in court to plead guilty in a fraud case.

Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice arrived at the federal courthouse in Newark on Tuesday without speaking to reporters.

They had pleaded not guilty last year to dozens of charges including bank fraud, wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud.

The couple is accused of exaggerating income while applying for loans before the show debuted in 2009, then hiding their fortunes in a bankruptcy filing after their first season aired.

They are also accused of submitting fraudulent mortgage and loan applications and fabricating tax returns and W-2 forms.

Joe Giudice also allegedly failed to file federal tax returns for several years beginning in 2004.

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