The real tax problems of New Jersey housewives

Anyone – even New Jersey’s rich and famous – can confront criminal charges. Regardless of your status, the law is applicable to everyone. Recently, the stars of Bravo’s hit reality show, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” have been slapped with charges related to financial fraud.

Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice of Towaco, New Jersey, have been charged with the following criminal offenses:

Bank fraud.
Conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Conspiracy to commit mail.
Making incorrect statements on loan documents.

A grand jury returned a 39-count indictment against the famous couple. The charges also allege tax fraud against Joe Giudice, as he purportedly failed to file tax returns from 2004 to 2008. Authorities claim that the man had an income of nearly $1 million during this period.

People have an obligation to be candid about their finances when it comes to official government agencies and proceedings. However, a U.S. Attorney indicates that the Giudice family lied to banks, the bankruptcy court and the IRS.

The stars began their life of fame on Bravo’s television show in 2009. In fact, some of their legal issues have played out on the television series. However, according to the Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office, “”The privilege of living well in the United States carries certain real responsibilities.”” This means that if a person does not fulfill specific financial obligations, he or she may deal with criminal charges – regardless of fame.

On the other hand, every criminal accusation is just that – an accusation. This means that those dealing with criminal matters have the option to address the allegations in court. Here, the couple has planned to challenge the accusations. Specifically, Teresa Giudice will contest the charges with a not guilty plea. The reality star is seeking vindication in court.

Federal charges related to financial matters are often based on intentional or willful failures to be up front about income, assets or debts. A conviction for these types of crimes could result in heavy criminal consequences. The good news is that if a person has competent legal advocacy by his or her side, the penalties could be mitigated in some form. The best thing to do is to address the charges right away with adequate legal assistance.

If you are dealing with charges related to financial fraud, take the time to speak with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer in your area.