04:54 PM EDT 10/20/2014
Originally posted 10/03/2014 10:00AM
It doesn't pay not to pay – and to try to cheat the system.
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.
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.
Originally posted 09/21/2014 09:55PM
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."
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."
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."
Originally posted 08/24/2014 10:45PM
It was Valentine's Day on Sunday's The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and although there were plenty of chocolates, the holiday wasn't sweet for everyone.
Originally posted 08/18/2014 08:45AM
Everything – for once – was Rosie on Sunday's The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Originally posted 08/11/2014 05:00PM
It looks like even more drama could be in store.
Dropped star Jacqueline Laurita is returning to The Real Housewives of New Jersey for a few episodes, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
"Jacqueline wasn't happy to not be returning to the show [as a cast member]. She was sad about it," an insider said.
Originally posted 08/10/2014 09:35PM
After last week's hair-raising The Real Housewives of New Jersey in which Nicole Napolitano yanked out Amber Marchese's hair, it was the husbands' turn to brawl on Sunday.
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