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The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe were back in federal court this morning to plead not guilty to new fraud charges for one count of bank fraud and one count of loan application fraud.
These charges are now added to their already existing 39 counts indictment for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. But today's hearing more was brought to light about the real possibility of Joe being deported. Prosecutors stated that hearings for Joe's deportation will begin immediately following him and Teresa's federal trial.
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"The threat of deportation is very real" according to practicing federal attorney Bryan Konoski, who is not handling Joe and Teresa's case. "He is not a citizen which means if he is convicted of any of these charges he faces a very real possibility of being deported. Even if he is convicted on just one fraud charge, these are all considered crimes of moral turpitude. These crimes bear on his moral character, and in theory someone who commits these crimes, our country would not want residing here."
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As to why the deportation hearings are being highlighted now? Bryan adds that defendants legally need to be aware of how their crimes could effect their immigration status.
No word on what would happen to the reality shows four little girls if Joe gets deported and Teresa ends up behind bars. Their trial is expected to begin in February of 2014.