Teresa Giudice could be headed to jail for violating her bond. The Real Housewives and her husband, Joe, each posted a $500,000 bond last month while awaiting trial on 39 counts of fraud, which could potentially land each of them in jail for 50 years. However, the Giudices may have violated the terms of their bond by partying in Miami over the weekend.
Teresa and Joe Giudice attended a party in Teresa's honor on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The couple only stayed for two hours before departing at 3:30am. The Giudices took an early morning flight back to the shores of New Jersey to be with their four children, but Teresa posted plenty of photos from the night on her Instagram page. She captioned the photos by writing: “Me and my Heart” and “Me and my Juicy Joe.”
But the Real Housewives couple were strictly forbidden from traveling outside of New York and New Jersey according to the terms of their bond. The party was arranged before the fraud charges surfaced. Yet it’s unclear whether the court allowed them to attend the event. It’s unlikely that the request was granted, since it was not a business-related event. The issue of travel is especially difficult because Joe Giudice is not a U.S. citizen and could potentially be deported back to Italy if convicted on the fraud charges.
Teresa can at least take comfort in the support of her Real Housewives co-stars. Sister-in-law Melissa Gorga told Andy Cohen during last night’s Watch What Happens Live episode that she has spoken to Teresa since the charges were made public.
According to Us Weekly, the charges against Teresa and Joe Giudice include “conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.” The indictment also includes separate charges against Joe, who allegedly failed to return tax forms from 2004-2008, during which time he reportedly earned $1 million. "She knows I have her back, and that the kids, of course, are the number one priority,” Gorga said. “That's what Joe and I are always here for…no matter what."
"Today is a most difficult day for our family. I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me," Teresa Giudice told the press. "I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the government as quickly as possible."