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"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars sentenced in fraud case

NEWARK, N.J. - Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, the married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey," were sentenced Thursday by a federal judge to time in prison on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges.

Teresa Giudice, 42, was sentenced to 15 months in prison and her husband, Joe, 43, was sentenced to 41 months behind bars -- more than three years. Together they must pay $414,000 in restitution. The judge said Teresa will serve her sentence first so Joe can stay home with their four young daughters.

Teresa cried as she apologized in court before her sentencing.

"I fully take responsibility for my actions. I need to learn to take responsibility for myself," she said. "I can't even explain the pain that I have gone through. I am more sorry than anybody will ever know or understand."

Joe also apologized in court and said he had disgraced many people.

The couple entered the federal courthouse in Newark Thursday morning holding hands. During the hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas slammed the Giudices for not including all the recreational vehicles they own in their pre-sentencing report.

The Giudices' 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 faced a potential sentence of 37 to 46 months and Teresa Giudice, 42, faced 21 to 27 months.

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 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.

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