The drama of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" may be spilling over into a court room, as the U.S. Attorney's Office of New Jersey announced Monday that Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice had been charged with various forms of fraud. The 39-count indictment accuses the couple of failing to file tax returns, falsifying loan applications and concealing assets in their bankruptcy petition, among other charges.
"Everyone has an obligation to tell the truth when dealing with the courts, paying their taxes and applying for loans or mortgages. That's reality," Paul J. Fishman, the U.S. attorney filing the charges, said in a released statement.
The charges stretch back to 2001, when, among other accusations, the U.S. Attorney's Office claims that Teresa Giudice falsified a loan application. Her husband failed to file tax returns from 2004 to 2008, the federal government says, during which he allegedly earn nearly $1 million.
Teresa and her husband have starred on the reality TV show since it debuted in 2009. Many of the charges announced Monday have to do with Giudices' failure to disclose income earned from the series and their "TG Fabulicious" product lines when filing for bankruptcy in 2009. Bravo had no comment when contacted about the charges.