Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty of wire and bankruptcy fraud.
On Thursday, a federal judge first sentenced Joe to 41 months in prison and ordered him to pay $414,588.90 in restitution and enter an alcohol treatment program in prison.
Then after a recess, the judge sentenced Teresa to 15 months in prison.
Before the sentencing, Teresa had begged for leniency, telling the judge that she is in deep depression and her 4 daughters will suffer without them around. She also said she no longer has any interest in doing reality shows.
But the judge replied, ‘I need to send a message. In the eyes of the law it doesn’t matter who you are. There are consequences to pay.’ She also berated them for making the government to dig out financial records they should have provided in normal circumstances.
However, she was lenient considering the seriousness of the case … and even staggered the sentences so that one will serve while the other takes care of the kids. According to the arrangement, Teresa will first go in and complete her sentence, and then Joe will follow.
The couple broke down in tears as they were sentenced.