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Teresa Giudice and Husband Joe Fraud Arrest Update: Judge Refuses ‘RHONJ’ Star Plea Deal in Indictment

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Sep 09, 2013 05:26 PM EDT | Jonathan Lambert

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Teresa Giudice promotional photo. (Photo : Bravo)

2013 has not been a kind year to Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe. The reality stars, made famous on Bravo's RHONJ, may be arrested and are facing major charges in an ongoing fraud investigation. Mrs. Giudice tried entering into a plea deal in the indictment, but the judge refused.

It’s probably been awhile since Teresa and Joe haven’t gotten their way. That winning streak, it appears, may have finally come to an end. A source spoke to gossip site Radar Online, where they claimed:

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“Teresa and Joe’s defense team submitted a plea deal on Wednesday but the US Attorney denied it. Teresa wanted a plea deal that keeps her out of jail so she offered to do anything else BUT jail time and have Joe serve all the time in jail. The prosecutor dismissed the deal outright.”

According to the source, the prosecutor wasn’t falling for Teresa’s claim of ignorance. Mrs. Giudice was willing to sacrifice her own husband so that she would be spared prison time, as the insider revealed:

“The prosecutor has said that if she wants to plead it out she has to do the jail time. They believe the evidence will show that Teresa can’t play dumb. She was in cahoots with Joe and was just as much a part of orchestrating the scam as he was.”

Teresa and Joe are both being charged with 39 counts of fraud and tax evasion. If convicted, they could have to pay as much as $1 million dollars and face 50 years behind bars. At the hearing, the couple pleaded not guilty.

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