The federal fraud trial of Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice has been postponed until 2014, NorthJersey.com reports. Teresa and Joe were originally headed to trial October 8th on a 39-count federal indictment that charged the couple with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, loan application fraud and bankruptcy fraud. Prosecutors allege the Giudices tried to secure nearly $5 million in loans between 2001 and 2008.
‘In setting a new trial date of Feb. 24, 2014, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas took note in a court order of the large amount of financial and other documentary evidence that defense lawyers must review in order to adequately prepare for trial,’ NorthJersey reports. The judge also took into consideration Joe’s upcoming state trial for identity theft and said, “the failure to grant a continuance would unreasonably deny [him] continuity of counsel and the reasonable time necessary for effective preparation in this case.”
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