So close yet so far!
Teresa Giudice has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for her fraud conviction, and while many assumed she'd be heading to the slammer, it sounds like she was almost able to avoid it!
But just like any good Real Housewives star, Tre did something to screw up the smooth sailing.
Judge Esther Salas revealed in her closing statement that Teresa only had to do one little thing to avoid jail:
"I will say on the outset, I'm going to focus on what I didn't say to your husband that all of the false declarations, wire fraud, and bank fraud is still your fault. For a moment, I thought about probation until I read the government's report. What you did in the financial disclosure really sticks in my craw. It's what the court has a problem with. It shows blatant disrespect for the court. I've seen a lot but I've never seen the confusion and work that went into these financial documents…I need a full picture of who you are, I need a full disclosure of your financial assets. It's not because I want to be nosy. Because of that, I don't think you respect the laws of this country. You are not as bad as your husband, you do not have the criminal record that he has had, but you are complicit in it. Getting this financial information that I need to judge this case was like pulling teeth, it was the most difficult in all my years as a judge and as a lawyer."
It seems Teresa was supposed to file a financial disclosure form in March, but she didn't even include many of her high-end personal items, including three cars!
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However, the judge did go easy on Teresa (considering everything) as the judge felt that Tre wasn't the main culprit in this case:
"Mr. Giudice was the captain and he will have to live with the sentence I gave him. The first mate deserves a little bit of a break. You, quite frankly, display genuine remorse. At the end of the day, I think you finally got it. You finally woke up. I think a slight variance is warranted."
We sure do hope both Teresa and Joe have learned from this experience.
If not, we're sure their time in jail will give them plenty of time to reflect on it all.
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