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Judge on Teresa Giudice's 15-Month Prison Sentence: 'I Need to Send a Message'

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UpdatePosted 10/01/2014 04:45PM

Teresa Giudice Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison on Fraud Charges

Originally posted 10/02/2014 01:25PM

Teresa Giudice will serve 15 months in prison for fraud, Judge Esther Salas announced Thursday. Her husband, Joe Giudice, will serve 41 months.

"For a moment I thought about probation … but I think a period of confinement is absolutely necessary in this case," the judge told Teresa. "I don't honestly believe that you understand or respect the law. I need to send a message. In the eyes of the law, it doesn't matter who you are. There are consequences to pay."

Teresa, 42, also received two years probation and will surrender for her sentence Jan. 5 so she can spend the holidays with her family. The couple have four daughters, Audriana, 5, Milania, 8, Gabriella, 9, and Gia, 13.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars' legal troubles came to a head in July 2013, when they were charged in a 39-count indictment that included conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.

After originally pleading not guilty to all charges, they then changed their plea to guilty in March.

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RHONJ: Amber Marchese's Husband Accuses Nicole Napolitano's Boyfriend of Being Unfaithful

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RHONJ: Amber Marchese's Husband Accuses Nicole Napolitano's Boyfriend of Being Unfaithful

Originally posted 09/28/2014 10:15PM

The Real Housewives of New Jersey went in search of alligators as part of their girls' trip to Florida on Sunday night, but Amber Marchese's husband, Jim, had the biggest bite of them all.

"Better watch out for the gators," Kathy Wakile wisely told her sister, Rosie Pierri, as she showed her the new house she was building. "And I'm not even talkin' about the ones in the Everglades."

"Don't you sing or something?" Rosie asked, looking directly at Kevin Jonas, who co-owns a construction company and is helping to build the Wakile family's new home.

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Jacqueline Returns to RHONJ: What Did Her Texts to Teresa Say? | Jacqueline Laurita

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RHONJ Recap: Jacqueline Laurita Returns, Shares Her Emotional Texts to Teresa

Originally posted 09/21/2014 09:55PM

Jacqueline's back!

Sunday's The Real Housewives of New Jersey featured the return of former housewife Jacqueline Laurita, who emotionally admitted to reaching out twice to her BFF-turned-enemy Teresa Giudice. But, she said she received little response in return.

"You are weighing heavily on my mind," said Laurita, reading from one of two lengthy texts she had sent Giudice to former housewife Kathy Wakile. "You were like a sister to me … I wish I could be there to hug you."

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RHONJ Recap: Housewife Amber Marchese Shares Stressful Medical News

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UpdatePosted 09/15/2014 07:30AM

RHONJ Recap: Breast Cancer Survivor Amber Marchese Shares Stressful News Following Checkup

Originally posted 09/14/2014 10:05PM

Things got real for The Real Housewives of New Jersey Sunday night.

Breast cancer survivor Amber Marchese received stressful news after going to see her doctor for her five-year checkup.

"This is always a time of stress … you always fear the worst," Marchese said at church during Lent before her tests. "I'm always praying I'm healthy and have a long life with my children."

However, "the tests were inconclusive," an emotional Marchese told her husband after her doctor called about her bloodwork. "He wanted me to return for more testing … that's never happened. If I have a relapse, it doesn't look so good. You know that."

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RHONJ: 'I'm Numb,' Says Teresa Giudice After Pleading Guilty in Court

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RHONJ: 'I'm Numb,' Says Teresa Giudice After Pleading Guilty in Court

Originally posted 09/07/2014 11:40PM

After months of reading about the legal woes facing Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe – including her pleading guilty to four counts of fraud – viewers were finally able to see the drama that went on behind the scenes on Sunday's Real Housewives of New Jersey.

The most heartbreaking moment came when the Giudices' 13-year-old daughter, Gia, broke down, telling her mother she understood everything that was happening.

"I obviously know what's going on," Gia said. "I'm old enough to understand."

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WATCH: Teresa Giudice Admits She Cries Herself to Sleep

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FIRST LOOK: Real Housewives' Teresa Giudice Breaks Down Before Fraud Sentencing (VIDEO)

Originally posted 07/17/2014 02:05PM

While the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast celebrate the holidays in the second episode of Season 6, cameras catch Teresa and Joe Giudice discussing the possibility of serving jail time before their fraud sentencing hearing in September.

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Real Housewives Family Mourns the Loss of Joe Giudice's Father | Joe Giudice, Teresa Giudice

Real Housewives Family Mourns the Loss of Joe Giudice's Father, Frank

Originally posted 06/21/2014 06:00PM

The father of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice will be laid to rest on Monday.

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Real Housewives's Joe Giudice's Father Has Died | Joe Giudice

UpdatePosted 06/19/2014 03:30PM

Real Housewives of New Jersey's Joe Giudice's Father Has Died

Originally posted 06/19/2014 02:40PM

With just weeks until they are due in court to be sentenced on fraud charges, Joe and Teresa Giudice are now coping with the unexpected death of Joe's father, Frank.

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Will Real Housewives' Teresa Giudice Go to Jail for Guilty Plea?

Teresa Giudice: Will the Real Housewives Star Go to Jail for Guilty Plea?

Originally posted 03/05/2014 07:50PM

After pleading guilty to four counts of fraud, the fate of Teresa Giudice is now in the hands of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas.

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Teresa Giudice's Legal Drama Will Play Out on RHONJ

Teresa Giudice's Legal Drama Will Play Out on Real Housewives of New Jersey

Originally posted 03/04/2014 07:00PM

The cameras are still rolling despite the Giudice's legal drama.

Even though the reality star plead guilty to four counts of fraud in a New Jersey courthouse on Tuesday, Teresa Giudice will continue to film her hit Bravo show.

"She's currently in production for season six," her lawyer Henry Klingeman told reporters outside the courtroom in Newark.

While it's unclear just how much of a role the fraud case will play in the Real Housewives of New Jersey, the network confirms that filming for the upcoming season is currently underway.

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