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- Joe Giudice, the husband of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice, was released from a federal prison and is now being held at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility as he waits to see if he’ll be deported back to Italy.
- Joe is an Italian citizen and legal permanent resident of the US. While he has lived in the country for decades, he could be deported due to his felony conviction.
- Joe and Teresa Giudice pleaded guilty in 2014 to charges of bankruptcy fraud. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison.
The husband of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice is officially out of the slammer, and is now being held at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Pennsylvania as he waits to see if he’ll be deported back to Italy.
Joe Giudice, a legal permanent resident in the US, was sentenced to 41 months in prison after pleading guilty in 2014 to charges of bankruptcy fraud, alongside his wife. He submitted false loan applications to access millions of dollars in mortgages and construction loans, and he also admitted to not paying about $200,000 in income taxes, according to The Associated Press. His federal sentence coincided with an 18-month sentence for unlawful use of an ID and impersonation.
A judge in Pennsylvania ruled in October that Giudice, an Italian citizen who moved to the US as a toddler, would be deported from the United States after his release from prison. While his siblings and parents did become US citizens, Joe opted not to go through the process. He said through his attorneys that he wasn’t aware he wasn’t an American citizen.
Teresa Giudice served around a year in prison before being released in December 2015, later returning to the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” franchise. She told Andy Cohen that her husband “has tremendous guilt, but he’s very positive, very strong.” Despite that, she said she likely wouldn’t move to Italy with her children if he was ultimately deported.
Giudice has filed an appeal to fight the deportation order.
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This is one of my favorite pictures of me and my dad❤️ my father is no threat to society he is one of the most warm hearted people I know, he would never harm a soul. He puts everyone else before himself. I know who my father is and I think many of you do too. My father did his time and learned from his mistakes. Isn’t being in there supposed to make you realize your mistakes so you can become a better person? And that’s exactly what my father did. He hasn’t felt or looked this good since he was in his 30’s. We have so many plans to do as a family when he gets out. I need my father to be here. My father belongs with us and his entire family. My father came into this country when he was one years old, the United States is the only country he knows, spread the word #bringjoehome
The couple’s oldest daughter, 18-year-old Gia Giudice, sent her dad positive wishes after his release last week, writing in an Instagram story that she was “sending you my love and strength today,” according to Page Six. In October, she wrote that “my father is no threat to society he is one of the most warm hearted people I know… my father belongs with us and his entire family.”
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