'Real Housewives of NJ' stars back in court on fraud charges
'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' stars Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, left, and his wife, Teresa Giudice, 41, of Montville Township, N.J., walk out of Martin Luther King, Jr. Courthouse after an appearance in Newark, N.J. in this July 30, 2013 file photo. (AP / Julio Cortez)
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:49AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:56AM EDT
NEWARK, N.J. -- Two stars of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" are due back in court.
Teresa and Guiseppe "Joe" Giudice (JOO'-dys) are scheduled to enter a plea before a federal judge Wednesday afternoon. Lawyers say both are expected to plead not guilty to federal fraud charges.
They were charged last month in a 39-count indictment with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.
The couple are accused of exaggerating their income when applying for loans, then hiding their improving fortunes in a bankruptcy filing.
They are also accused of submitting fraudulent mortgage and loan applications and fabricating tax returns and W2 forms.
Prosecutors allege Joe Giudice also failed to file federal tax returns from 2004 to 2008.