Things are not looking up for Teresa and Joe Giudice. The couple are doing their best to keep their spirits high in a difficult time, but their legal problems just won't quit. As most Real Housewives of New Jersey junkies know by now, Teresa and Joe are headed to court in February 2014 to face down 39 counts of fraud, tax evasion, and related criminal charged. Well, now you can up that number to 41.
Authorities report that today, November 18, 2013, a grand jury added single counts of bank fraud and loan application fraud to the laundry list of crimes the Guidices have been accused of.
According to NJ.com, these particular charges revolve around a $361,250 mortgage loan Teresa obtained in 2005. To get the loan, Teresa and Joe allegedly prepared an application that claimed that Teresa was employed as a realtor and had a monthly salary of $15,000, even though she was actually unemployed at the time.
Teresa's lawyer, Henry Klingeman, released a statement confirming the new charges, and explaining that Teresa plans to plead "not guilty" to them, which is also how she pleaded to the original 39 charges. "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," the Mr. Klingeman added.
Prosecutor Paul Fishman also confirmed to NJ.com that the original 39 counts still stand.
Teresa and Joe will have their (literal) day in court on February 24, 2014. Until then, they'll just have to keep their heads up!