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Teresa Giudice, husband of 'Real Housewives' released on bond

July 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A magistrate set $500,000 bonds for "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her husband on bank fraud charges.

In addition to the bonds Tuesday, the two were also required to surrender their passports, and their travel was restricted to New Jersey and New York.

Guidice and her husband Giuseppe "Joe" Guidice were charged Monday on a 39-count indictment involving conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and making false statements. Giuseppe Guidice is also charged with failing to file tax returns for 2004 through 2008, a period when he allegedly earned nearly $1 million. He faces possible deportation back to Italy.

An attorney for Teresa Giudice believes the federal government is prosecuting her because she's a celebrity.

Attorney Henry Klingeman says federal prosecutors frequently target high-profile people to draw attention to their efforts.

Defense attorneys say the judge cannot hold the antics from the TV show against his clients. Another attorney for Teresa Giudice said it will be hard to find an unbiased jury.

"We will submit questions to the judge, supplemental voir dire, to try to sort out jurors who might be prejudice against for whatever reason there is," said attorney Miles Feinstein.

Their attorneys say both will plead not guilty.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said the allegations against the Giudices are very serious, saying that 39 separate counts show a pattern of alleged fraud that spanned a decade.

"They are alleged to have made false statements to the bankruptcy court and the banks that lent them money," Fishman said.

Federal prosecutors also say the 41-year-old mother, known by fans for her lavish spending habits and opulent New Jersey mansion, tried to hide the money she was earning from "The Real Housewives" when filing for bankruptcy in 2009.

As for the couple's four daughters, who grew up in the spotlight, they now have to face the reality that their parents could spend the next 50 years behind bars if convicted.

The couple arrived in court at about 8:30 a.m., both wearing suits, joined by their lawyers. It was a chaotic scene outside the courtroom in New Jersey, with their televised fiction colliding with real life. While outside, the couple seemed angry as they were approached by cameras.

Things got almost violent outside the courthouse when Giuseppe Guidice, at one point, swung at reporters while arriving. No one was hurt.

Teresa Giudice was stoic in court Tuesday, saying only 'yes' when the judge asked if she understood the charges against her.

"It is a very unhappy day but she is a grown up and she is going to deal with it," Klingman said.

Teresa Giudice's written statement on Monday noted how "difficult" this indictment was on her family.

"I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me," she said. "I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the government as quickly as possible."

Bravo, the network that airs the "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," declined to comment on this matter. The couple is scheduled to be back in court next month.

The Associated Press and ABC News contributed to this report.


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