JOE Giudice went to prison alongside his wife Teresa for exaggerating their income, hiding increased assets and failing to file tax returns between 2004 and 2008.
The RHONJ’s reality TV star served 41 months in jail while Teresa only did 15.
Here is more about the reality TV star.
What was Joe Giudice convicted of?
Both Joe and Teresa were incarcerated on charges of mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud, People reported.
The couple reportedly made their situation worse by withholding information in court.
According to Judge Esther Salas, who was presiding over the case in the U.S. District Court in Newark, Teresa and Joe were supposed to complete probation reports, listing their assets and specific financial information, and bring them to court.
However, the judge said there were still missing items adding up to $75,000.
They were initially indicted in 2013 after hiding their money in a bankruptcy filing along with failing to file taxes for four years.
They pleaded not guilty but later decided to plead guilty.
Some items on the government reports that were left off the probation reports included ATVs, a 1997 Corvette and household furnishings totaling $25,000.
“For a moment I thought about probation,” the judge said.
“I don’t honestly believe you understand or respect the law. I need to send a message.
“In the eye of the law, it doesn’t matter who you are. There are consequences to pay,” the judge added.
Why was Joe deported?
Joe was released straight into the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for six months due to not being an American citizen.
He was deported to Italy and now lives in a small apartment in Salerno.
When asked if he had any regrets about his past, he said: "I think everything happened for a reason, you know."
What happened to his relationship with Teresa?
Joe has not shut down possibilities of rekindling his relationship with Teresa.
He told The Sun: "We've been separated with this whole legal crap here, me being away, but otherwise we probably would still be together.
"You know, me being away in prison and now me being here in Italy… I mean my life is over there. What kind of relationship is that?
"But listen, you never know. I don't know what's going to happen, I can't predict the future."
Teresa and Joe split after 20 years of marriage.
He said: "Listen, no matter what, and I tell her this all the time: At the end of the day you're still my number one b***h."
"She's the mother of my kids, and we've got to get along because we've got four beautiful kids and that's something to be thankful for."
Joe and Teresa are parents to daughters Gia, 19, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10.
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