Teresa Giudice Sentenced to Prison Because Judge Wanted to ‘Send a Message’

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Yesterday (October 02, 2014), Joe and Teresa Giudice, two of the cast members on Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, were sentenced to 41 months and 15 months, respectively, for illegally obtaining millions of dollars in loans and for hiding income and assets in a 2009 bankruptcy filing.

In an arrangement that will allow one of the Giudices to be present at their Montville home for their four daughters, Teresa Giudice will serve her 15-month term first. She is scheduled to report to prison Jan. 5.

Once she is released, Joe Giudice will begin his 41-month term, Judge Salas ruled. The husband, who was born in Italy and who never obtained U.S. citizenship, also faces the possibility of deportation when his term is complete.

So why did Teresa get sentenced to prison? While the judge expressed some sympathy for Teresa Giudice, saying it was her husband who took the lead in the fraud. Salas called her a “dedicated mother” and noted she had expressed “genuine remorse.”

At the same time, Salas said she was “greatly offended” by the lack of transparency in the couple’s asset disclosures to probation officials.

“Confinement is absolutely necessary in this case,” Salas said, adding, “I don’t honestly believe you respect the law.”

Teresa Giudice could have been sentenced to as much as 27 months under the plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The couple will sit down with Bravo’s Andy Cohen on Monday night (October 6) to discuss it all. The special episode of Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live will be their first post-sentencing interview.