Joe Giudice, hubby to The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, is potentially facing some real jail time for fraudulently obtaining a new driver’s license while his own was suspended by using his brother’s personal information. This stolen identity case is totally separate from the 39 counts of fraud the couple is now facing, and — if he's convicted in either case — it won’t the first time Joe’s seen the inside of a jail cell.
In fact, he’s got a whole slew of known arrests to his name. Here’s a timeline:
January 14, 2010 – After crashing into a pole at nearly 2 a.m., Joe was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, careless driving and failure to maintain a traffic lane in Montville Township, NJ and taken to the hospital. After his release from the medical facility, he was then turned over to the Clifton Police Department, which was discovered to hold outstanding warrants for his arrest for city ordinance violations.
September 2010 – Joe was sentenced to ten days in jail for driving with a suspended license.
February 23, 2011 – Joe and Caroline Manzo’s sons, Albie and Christopher, along with others, were detained in the Dominican Republic following a bar brawl. No charges were ultimately filed, but it did delay Joe, Teresa, and the Manzo boys’ return to New Jersey.
March 25, 2011 – Joe was arrested for fraudulently obtaining a state driver’s license and now faces charges including wrongful identity use and impersonation. He refused to take a plea deal, and is said to face up to ten years in prison if convicted off the charges. A new hearing is set for October 2013.
July 29, 2013 – Joe and Teresa indicted on 39 counts of fraud. The couple is accused of exaggerating their income in order to receive larger loans, which is something that was allegedly done even before RHoNJ debuted in 2009. They are also accused of failing to disclose all of their income when initially filing for bankruptcy later that year. The indictment includes charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud. If Teresa and Joe are found guilty of all charges, they could each face more than 50 years in prison. They were each released on $500k bond, and are due back in court on August 14, at which point a trial date will be set.
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Sources: Reality Tea, Radar Online