Don't blame the Feds for stealing Christmas. Multiple reports this week claimed that government officials descended upon Montville, N.J., to raid Joe and Teresa Giudice's multimillion-dollar mansion — but both the U.S. Attorney's office and Joe's lawyer deny that any such drama went down.
"We weren't involved in anything over there," Matt Reilly, a spokesperson from the U.S. Attorney's office, tells Us Weekly of rumors that the government seized jewelry, electronics, and other valuables in an hours-long search of the Bravo stars' property on Monday, Dec. 15.
Asked whether another arm of the government might be involved, Reilly says no. "We would be enforcing any forfeiture action, so if anything like that needed to be done, we would arrange for it to happen," he explains. "But that hasn't happened."
In fact, as far as Reilly knows, the Giudices are still making their required payments for restitution. "We have an asset forfeiture unit here," he tells Us. "I haven't talked to them, but typically they would work out [debt repayment] with the defendants. I haven't heard that there's any problem with that."
A spokeswoman for the Morris County Sheriff's Office adds that no one there was involved or has any knowledge of the supposed raid, either. And a rep for The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa says, "There is no truth to this story. It is 100 percent fabricated."
Joe's attorney, Miles Feinstein, also denies that there was any sort of raid at his client's home. "I checked with Joe and he said there was no FBI raid," Feinstein tells Us exclusively. "I also checked with the government and they said it didn't happen."
He adds: "I've been a criminal lawyer for a long time, and I've never heard of the government coming into a home with four children right before Christmas and seizing their gifts. If it did happen, I would think it was an absolutely cruel and merciless act by the U.S. government. It's just not true.”
As previously reported, the Giudices were sentenced on charges of fraud this past October. Teresa reports to prison in January for a 15-month term behind bars, while Joe faces 41 months once his wife is released.