Make that 41 counts. After being indicted on 39 counts of fraud back in July, Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice were indicted on two additional counts of fraud in federal court in Newark, N.J. on Monday, Nov. 18.
Authorities told NJ.com that a federal grand jury has added single counts of bank fraud and loan application fraud against the Giudices. The two new counts reportedly stem from a $361,250 mortgage loan obtained by Teresa, 41, in July 2005. According to authorities, the Bravo star's loan application allegedly falsely listed Teresa as employed as a realtor earning $15,000 per month.
In regard to the new indictments, Teresa's lawyer said in a Monday statement to Us Weekly: "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. 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."
Prosecutor Paul J. Fishman told NJ.com that the original 39 count indictment against the spouses still stands. Teresa and Joe, 43, pleaded not guilty to the federal fraud charges back in August. The New York Daily News reported that Joe's lawyer, Miles Feinstein, said in court at the time: "They vehemently deny their guilt. There's an assumption of innocence and they vehemently assert their innocence."
Following the initial indictment, the Daily News reported that, if convicted on all counts, Teresa and Joe could face up to 50 years in prison.
The arraignment on the new indictment is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20 at U.S. District Court in Newark.
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