Updated — Oct. 2, 4:58 PM
Teresa Giudice is headed to jail.
The Real Housewife will serve 15 months behind bars.
She will be serving her sentence before her husband, Joe, who is set to spend 41 months in jail. As In Touch Weekly previously reported, they will not be serving concurrent sentencing to allow that one parent will always be home with their four daughters, Gia, 13, Gabriella, 9, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 5.
Before the judge announced her sentence, Teresa delivered an emotional, tearful final statement.
“Today, you will hear from the wife and mother that I am… I’m so scared. I’m blessed, but I’m also humiliated,” she said.
“I fully take responsibility for my actions. It’s time for me to wake up. It’s time for me to start doing things for myself. My four daughters are my life. When I wake up and see my daughters’ faces, it’s what keeps me going. I’ve done so much crying and lost sleep.
“I don’t care about the show or the materialistic things. My daughters, husband, and parents are my life. I feel bad that my 13-year-old even has to know anything. I’m a traditional woman with a heritage. This is not how I was raised. I’m sorry more than anybody will ever know. I will make this right whatever it takes.
In July, Teresa opened up to In Touch Weekly about the possibility of serving time after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and three types of bankruptcy fraud.
“No one can ever prepare themselves to go to prison,” she exclusively told the mag.
“More importantly, how could I ever prepare myself to be away from my kids? It’s too terrifying for me to even think about.”
Originally Published — Oct. 2, 1:37 PM
Justice has been served for Joe Giudice.
Months after pleading guilty to multiple counts of fraud, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star has been sentenced to 41 months behind bars and has been ordered by a federal judge to pay restitution of $414, 588.
While locked up, the father-of-4 will be forced to complete an alcohol treatment program in prison.
Tensions were high in the courtroom as Judge Esther Salas expressed her frustration with the situation by scolding the couple for “inconsistencies and omissions” in their financial disclosure paperwork.
“They had an obligation to be transparent and candid and open with the court, and I don’t think I got that,” she said. “I want to understand the disconnect.”
Earlier today, Joe’s legal team tried to argue that his image on the Real Housewives of New Jersey isn’t an accurate portrayal of his character—and asked for leniency, but ultimate Judge Salas declined to do so.
“I do wish you luck,” she told Joe after announcing his sentence. “You have made some serious mistakes and you have to pay for them. But you have a lot to live for.”
Moments before receiving his sentencing, Joe nervously read a letter to the judge.
“I stand here humiliated before the court and my family and society,” he said. “I disgraced many people, including my wife and four daughters. I take full responsibility for my actions. I promise to be a better person.”
At this time, his wife Teresa is still awaiting her sentence.
However, the judge already agreed that the couple will not serve overlapping sentences so one parent will always be caring for their four daughters.
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