Teresa Giudice Insists on $25 — Cash Only — for Her Autograph

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Cash-strappedTeresa Giudice is putting away as many pennies as possible for when Joe is sent to the pokey.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges last month stemming from what the U.S. Attorneys Office said was years of hiding income and lying to obtain loans, reportedly charged $25 at a high-profile New Jersey event for her autograph

And not only did she not accept credit cards, but guests were told by the reality star herself there would be no receipts.

Needless to say, guests thought that was financially fishy.

The event was the Posche Spring Soiree in Garfield, where attendees already forked over a hefty $110 for dinner, drinks, and entertainment. But they didn’t anticipate their cards would be declined for no reason, all of which was caught on video.

“When you walked up to her, the woman next to her was quick to advise that it was $25 and ‘cash only.’ Cash only? Who takes cash only?” ” an attendee told Radar Online. “Even Teresa was telling guests it was ‘cash only, no receipts’ and she had bags of cash beside her where her colleague was collecting the money.”

“Teresa was advertised as the celebrity guest and that she would be signing copies of her latest book. But nowhere was it advertised that she would be charging guests $25 to sign and take a photo with her!”

Under the indictment, the reality star and her hubby faced 41 counts of bankruptcy, mail and wire fraud and hundreds of years in federal prison. After accepting a plea deal, the 43-year-old father of four is looking at a minimum of two years and a maximum of four, while Teresa could end up behind bars for up to 27 months.

According to the site’s source, what irked guests the most wasn’t that she was charging money for her cookbook, but that she insisted on cash only, which left people continuing to question her monetary motives.

“The reaction of everyone was priceless. It was the hot topic of the event. Why would someone insist on cash only?” the eyewitness added. “Everyone was saying it was clearly to avoid a paper trial of her sales.

“Some of Teresa’s friends were saying that the U.S. Government is likely to be garnishing her wages now that they’ve accepted plea deals. I wonder if Teresa was taking cash only so she could avoid having to declare that income? It’s a possibility.”

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