Teresa Giudice may trade in her $1.8 million mansion for, well, up to 50 years in the big house. Which is why she'll need all the help she can get before her Feb. 24 trial.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, 41 -- indicted alongside husband Joe Giudice on 41 counts of alleged fraud -- has hired Wendy Feldman of Custodial Coaching. "I'm her legal coach and crisis manager," Feldman tells Us Weekly in the new issue. (Per her website, Feldman also specializes in prison consulting, which will "prepare you and your family for life while in the criminal justice system.")
The ex-broker, who has advised Lindsay Lohan, draws on her own experience: She spent 16 months behind bars for securities fraud. As for her current work with Giudice, Feldman clarified to Us: "I have not been hired to prepare either Teresa or Joe Giudice for prison. In fact, most of my work is well-known as crisis management oriented. In addition, I am known as director of alternative sentencing at Cliffside Malibu where Ms. Lohan recently was. However, I am acting as the legal coach and crisis manager only for Teresa Giudice."
On Monday, Nov. 18, Teresa and Joe were indicted on two more counts of fraud in addition to the 39 counts they were indicted on back in July. "As she did with respect to the allegations contained in the original indictment, Teresa intends to plead 'not guilty' to the allegations in the new indictment," Teresa's lawyer told Us in a statement Monday. "She looks forward to defending herself at the trial, scheduled for February 24, 2014. Beyond that, we will answer all of the charges in court, not out."
For more on how Teresa is preparing for trial, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly.