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Joe Giudice update: reality TV star remaining strong behind bars

16 June 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Trenton, NJ, United States (4E) – The husband of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality star Teresa Giudice , Joe Giudice , has been away from his home and family as he was to spend 41 months in prison.

Joe started his sentence on March 23 and he is now on his third month. According to the lawyer of Joe, his client is doing his best to stay positive and to remain strong despite the ordeal. Joe went in just after his wife Teresa completed her prison stint last December.

The lawyer of the family, James Leonard Jr ., added in a statement, "Joe is doing fine. I know he misses Teresa and his daughters very much, but he is strong and he will get through this just like Teresa did." Aside from that, Leonard debunked the reports that his client is being held under maximum security. He also said that the mob protection reports that supposedly Joe is getting has no truth.

As for Teresa, she remains to be strong for her family as Joe completes his sentence. She is said to be the rock of her husband during this trying time. Leonard continued, "They're a very strong family and they're holding together the best they can."

The prison sentence of Joe is one of the many things that the family is facing and just recently, a judge decided to reopen the bankruptcy case of Teresa. Teresa and Joe were originally sent to jail on 39 counts of various fraud such as bankruptcy fraud and b and bank fraud. These charges stemmed from an October 2009 bankruptcy filing.

They then pleaded guilty to the multiple federal charges in 2014 thus the sentences. The judge decided to reopen the case due to the current payment plan of the two. This comes after the debt from the 2009 filing has not been completely paid off yet after seven years.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Stacey L. Meisel said in a statement, "Satisfied means paid in full in my book. There may have been a satisfaction of a number of creditors… but the fact remains that creditors still exist."