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'Real Housewives' Teresa and Joe Giudici Arrest Update: Plead Not Guilty to Federal Fraud Charges

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Aug 16, 2013 11:11 PM EDT | Jonathan Lambert

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Teresa Giudice promotional photo. (Photo : Bravo)

Teresa and Joe Giudici, stars of the popular Real Housewives of New Jersey, were back in federal court to address their fraud charges. Facing arrest (and millions of dollars in fines), the celebrity couple plead not guilty.

On Wednesday, Teresa and Joe Giudici appeared at the Newark courthouse, where they pleaded not guilty to each of the 39 counts. Joe’s lawyer told the press that, “They were relieved they could stand up in court and plead not guilty through their attorneys.”

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If convicted, Teresa and Joe could face over 50 years of jail time and fines that could reach a million dollars.

Of course, their biggest concern is what will happen to their children if they go behind bars. A source close to the couple revealed the havoc this situation is causing to OK! Magazine:

“Teresa is sick over this. She can’t sleep, can’t eat. She is just so mortified. She is trying to shield the girls from this drama as much as possible. She is terrified she won’t get to see her kids grow up.”

According to New York Daily News:

“In September 2001, Teresa falsely claimed in a $121,500 mortgage application that she worked for four years at Modern Era Investment Corp., earning $3,750 a month, according to the indictment. Prosecutors contend she actually was unemployed from January 2001 to 2008. Meanwhile, Joe also failed to file tax returns for 2004 through 2008, when he is alleged to have earned nearly $1 million.”

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