Teresa and Joe Giudice surrendered themselves to the feds Tuesday, and they are each free on a $500K bond. Joe was released on a bond secured by his father, Frank. Teresa was released on an unsecured bond. As part of their bail, both Teresa and Joe had to give up their passports, and are restricted to only the New Jersey and New York areas.
Joe Giudice is an Italian citizen and could face deportation if convicted. Since he is not a U.S. citizen, he is subject to drug testing. The couple is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in New Jersey on August 14th.
“They profess their innocence,” Feinstein, their lawyer said. “A coin has two sides. There is another side here that you haven’t heard, but you’ll hear in the courtroom, and we’re going to prepare the defense accordingly.”
Teresa’s lawyer, Henry Klingeman, claims his client is “being targeted because of her celebrity” and insists “the family’s handling themselves with great dignity.” He also added that Teresa has no criminal record, and said, “We hope that she’s vindicated and spends no time in jail. But it’s a federal case and there’s always a risk of jail.”
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman would not say whether or not the Giudices were offered a plea. “The investigation went on for a pretty long time and we’re confident that we have enough evidence to convict the defendants beyond a reasonable doubt,” he said.
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