By this point, most Real Housewives of New Jersey fans have heard that Teresa and Joe Giudice are embroiled in a major legal battle. The reality stars have been charged with 41 counts of fraud and other financial crimes, and are facing trial in April.
Are you curious to know more about the crimes Teresa and Joe are accused of committing? We've got the rundown.
According to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office, Teresa and Joe were indicted for the following alleged offenses:
— September 2001-2008: Joe and Teresa are accused of engaging in a mail and wire fraud conspiracy over this period of time. They allegedly submitted fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications, and created false supporting documents to back up claims that made them look like better applicants than they were. They are accused of misrepresenting their financial situation by claiming to be employed when they were not, and by lying about how much money they were making. This count comes with a maximum potential penalty of 20 years of in prison and a $250,000 fine
There are also several bank fraud and loan application fraud charges from this time period. Each of these counts has a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
— October 2009: Teresa and Joe filed for bankruptcy in 2009, and are being charged with bankruptcy fraud for allegedly intentionally concealing various businesses and other sources of income, including Teresa's true RHONJ salary. Each of these counts carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
— 2004-2008: Joe is also accused of failing to file taxes during this period. These counts each carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Source: United States Attorney's Office