NEWARK, N.J. - Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, the married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey," were slammed by a federal judge Thursday for not disclosing all their assets in a pre-sentencing report in the fraud case against them.
The couple arrived at the federal courthouse in Newark on Thursday morning to be sentenced on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges. They are still in the courtroom.
The Associated Press is reporting that U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas reprimanded the couple Thursday for not including all the recreational vehicles they own in their pre-sentencing report.
The Giudice's attorney blamed an accountant for the omission, reports CBS New York.
The couple had pleaded guilty in March, admitting that they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitted phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans.
Under federal sentencing guidelines, Joe Giudice, 43, faces a potential sentence of 37 to 46 months and Teresa Giudice, 42, could get 21 to 27 months, though the judge could deviate up or down from those ranges.
Lawyers for Teresa Giudice remain hopeful that she may be spared a prison sentence and instead receive probation, noting the need to care for the couple's four young daughters.
Joe Giudice, who is an Italian citizen, could be deported upon completion of a prison term. His attorney has said that Giudice came to the U.S. as an infant and wasn't aware that he wasn't an American citizen.
Both Giudices pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and three types of bankruptcy fraud. Joe Giudice, 43, also pleaded guilty to failing to file a tax return for 2004, though he acknowledged he didn't file taxes on income of approximately $1 million between 2004 and 2008.