Teresa Giudice – at least for nearly the next year and a half. Today the long time Real Housewives of New Jersey star was handed 15 months in prison by a federal judge on multiple fraud charges that she pleaded guilty to earlier this year. The Reality TV cast member has to surrender to authorities on January 5 next year. Minutes before receiving her sentence Teresa told Judge Esther Salas that she takes responsibility for her actions, didn’t care about the Bravo TV series and that she was “more sorry than anyone will ever know.” Maybe the words had some effect as the feds were asking for Teresa to get 21 months behind bars.
The sentencing from the U.S. District Court Judge came around 4 hours after Teresa’s husband Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice was slapped with over 3 years in the big house for the bankruptcy, bank and mortgage fraud charges totaling more than $4 million. At his sentencing, Joe told the court that he was “humiliated” by his actions and also took “full responsibility” for the consequences. Because she has the lesser time, Teresa will go to prison first with her husband’s sentence staggered so he can take care of their 4 children. Joe will follow when his wife is released with his possible deportation back to Italy to be dealt with afterwards.
No word from Bravo as to how today’s events will affect Teresa and Joe’s role in the remainder of Season 6 of the show or upcoming other seasons of RHONJ. However, the couple will be appearing on a special Watch What Happens Live: One-on-One with Teresa and Joe with Andy Cohen on the cabler on October 6 at 9 PM in their first post-sentencing sitdown.