Teresa Giudice is finding more and more of her former good life slipping away. Currently behind bars in Danbury, Conn., serving a 15-month prison sentence for fraud, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star faced a new, harsh reality June 9 when the Associated Press uncovered government paperwork from December detailing a pre-negotiated agreement to take a portion of her earnings and seize a vehicle in order to satisfy a judgment against her.
On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Giudice, 43, must fork over 25 percent of her Bravo salary, and give the feds a 2005 Maserati in order to help satisfy the $415,589 judgment against the reality star and her husband, Joe Giudice. (It is not known if the payment required is from 2014, or a sum from her six seasons on the series.)
According to docs filed with the U.S. Attorney's Office, the government will also get half the rent from the family's Lincoln Park, N.J., rental property, and assorted home furnishings from their main home in Montville, N.J.
Giudice's lawyer, James Leonard, Jr., tells Us Weekly the agreement with his client was solidified in December before she entered prison, and that regular payments have been made on her behalf. "We are in good standing with the government. The debt now is under $200,000," Leonard explained. "All the debts will be paid in full. There has been nothing new seized from the home and nothing else will be seized from them."
Giudice and her husband pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges last year, and the mom of Gia, 14, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 5, was sent to Danbury while her husband cares for their family in New Jersey. Upon his wife's release later this year, Joe Giudice will start serving his own 41-month sentence.
"I miss Joe and my girls terribly, but we are going to get through this as a family one day at a time," the RHONJ table flipper told Us in May. "We will be stronger because of this. Nothing can break us apart."
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