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'Real Housewives' stars charged with white collar crime

Each week viewers throughout the nation tune in to find out the latest happenings in the lives of women featured in the "Real Housewives" franchise. It is likely that many residents of Texas are included in that group. Most were probably surprised to hear about the recent 39-count indictment of Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, for fraud. Among other things a federal grand jury charged them with:

  • Conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud
  • Making false statements on loan applications
  • Bank fraud
  • Bankruptcy fraud

More specifically, the indictment alleges that the couple exaggerated their income and created fake pay stubs to support their claims, while seeking mortgages. On the other end of the spectrum, they are accused of not disclosing all of their income in a bankruptcy filing from a couple years ago.

In addition, Joe faces additional charges regarding a failure to file tax returns for several years.

The nature of white collar crimes is often quite different than what usually comes to mind when thinking about criminal allegations. While the damage inflicted in such cases is usually monetary, as opposed to physical, as is illustrated by the indictment against the couple, authorities take it very seriously.

At this point it is clearly impossible to know whether the allegations are true. That determination will most likely be left to a trial. As is the case with many white collar crimes, the case will likely be complex. For that reason it is likely that the Giudices will work with lawyers who have handles such cases in the past.

Source: HLNTV, "Real Housewives' stars charged with fraud," Fehmida Bholat, July 29, 2013

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