FraudThe recent federal charges against Teresa and Joe Giudice is sure to rattle the lives of the Giudice family.  The Giudice family is a well-known family on the hit reality TV show, “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”  Teresa Giudice is best known for her on-again, off-again relationship with her brother and her chaotic relationship with her sister-in-law.

Charges Against Teresa and Joe Giudice

In July, Teresa and Joe Giudice were indicted on 39 counts, ranging from conspiracy to commit mail fraud to bankruptcy fraud.  To add to the several charges against them, this week, they were indicted on two more charges for bank fraud and loan application fraud.  The loan application fraud has to do with a mortgage loan application in which the Giudice’s allegedly falsely claimed that Teresa Giudice worked as a Realtor and earned a salary of $15,000 per month.  However, msn news reports that according to authorities, “she was not employed.”

The charges against Teresa and Joe Giudice include the following:

  • Conspiracy to commit mail fraud
  • Conspiracy to commit wire fraud
  • Bankruptcy fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Loan application fraud

What Is Mail Fraud?

Mail fraud is a Federal offense.  It involves the intent to deceive others or the government by use of the U.S. Postal Service.  So if an individual unlawfully acquires money through the use of the United States Postal Service, he or she may be guilty of mail fraud and if convicted, may serve up to 20 years in jail.

On the show, the Giudice family lives a seemingly lavish lifestyle in their multimillion-dollar home.  However, I guess things are not always what they seem.  If the charges against them are true, then they were surely putting on a great show for others while pretending they could actually afford the things they displayed on the reality series.  This is an unfortunate situation for them and their young daughters because if they are convicted, both Teresa and Joe may be sentenced to several years in prison.

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