Yesterday Teresa Giudice and Guiseppi (Joe) Giudice were indicted by a federal grand jury in Newark, New Jersey on the following charges:

  • Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud and  Wire Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud – Concealment
  • Bankruptcy Fraud – False Oaths
  • Bankruptcy Fraud – False Declarations
  • Failure to Make Tax Return

The mail fraud and wire fraud counts are related to false statements and documents that the Giudices allegedly submitted in order to get loans. Banks which loaned the Giudices money included Park Avenue Bank, Wachovia (now Wells Fargo), Sterling Bank, and Community Bank of Bergen County.  Non-bank lenders include HomeComings Financial Network, Eastern American Mortgage, and Alterna Mortgage.

The Giudice indictment goes like this: From 2001 to 2008, Teresa was unemployed and had no income. During this period, both Teresa and Joe falsely represented to lenders that they were employed and earning substantial salaries. The reality was that neither had a job and neither had a salary. They allegedly went so far as to prepare fraudulent tax returns, W-2s, and pay stubs to support the lies that they were employed.

Specifically, it is alleged that Teresa represented that she was employed as an executive assistant with Modern Era Investment Corp, earning a monthly salary of $3,750.  Fake W-2s were created to support this.  Teresa represented that she was a self-employed owner of G&G Stucco with a monthly salary of $14,750.  She represented to another lender that she was a self-employed owner of G&G Stucco with a monthly salary of $12,100. A variety of false and fraudulent income tax returns and W-2s were submitted by the Giudices to various lenders, according to the indictment.

How much did this scheme net the Giudices? According to the indictment, the Guidices received loan funds in the following amounts:

  • $121,500 from HomeComings
  • $20,200 from Eastern American
  • $141,550 from Alterna
  • $800,000 from Park Avenue
  • $251,360 from Wachovia
  • $170,252 from Wachovia
  • $1,700,000 from Sterling
  • $1,720,000 from Community Bank of Bergen County

Yes, that is just shy of $5 million that the Giudices got from lenders with false and fraudulent representations and documentation.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! In October 2009, the Giudices filed for bankruptcy. Teresa and Joe submitted documents signed under the penalty of perjury, and also provided testimony under oath. In August 2011, Joe was denied a bankruptcy discharge. In December 2011, Teresa was denied a bankruptcy discharge.

Why? They had established several companies which were not reported to the bankruptcy court, including TG Fabulicious, 1601 Maple Avenue, and Turbo Fuel. They also received income that was not reported to the bankruptcy court, including rental income, income from TG Fabulicious,  fees for personal appearances and magazine stories, and money from The Real Housewives of New Jersey. (More information on the denial of discharge can be found in court documents here, here, and here.)

Added to this is the fact that Joe Guidice didn’t file income tax returns for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.  During that time, it is alleged that he had approximately $1 million of income which was required to be reported on income tax returns.

This is really, really ugly for the Guidices. I don’t expect that it will end well.

Such an indictment is good news for followers of the Jennifer McKinney (“MckMama”) trainwreck. Jennifer and Israel McKinney filed for bankruptcy in December 2011. In short order, bankruptcy trustee Gene Doeling uncovered all sorts of misrepresentations and undisclosed assets. Like the Giudices, the McKinneys were denied a bankruptcy discharge in October 2012.

Is the McKinney bankruptcy case over? Not necessarily. The wheels of justice move slowly. You can see that it has taken years for the Giudices to be indicted on things that happened between 2001 and 2008. And the indictment happened almost two years after the bankruptcy was closed.

If I were Jennifer McKinney, I would be crapping my pants (not because of all the speed and laxatives she’s peddling via Xyngular), but because she has a well-documented history of problems and problems with the Internal Revenue Service and because her lies to the bankruptcy court are easily uncovered with a little internet research. We can only hope that Gene Doeling has referred this case to the IRS for  a potential criminal investigation.


  1. Carmen 07/30/2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Joe Guidice also faces deportation to Italy as he is not an American citizen. It was just released on TMZ that they were free on $500,000 bond each and had to surrender their passports. Joe is subject to drug testing, but Teresa is not. If she had any brains to speak of Jennifer McKinney should be quaking in her flip-flops.

  2. Pam 07/30/2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    I wish there were potential arson charges on top of all this fraud possibility. I know those two burned that house up on purpose.

    A girl can dream…..

    • Taffy 07/30/2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      I agree. It was soooo convenient that the kids, dog and cats were all visiting g-ma at the time of the fire. I have never heard of a complete renovation of a home after a relatively small roof fire.

  3. Ms. P 07/30/2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    We can only hope. As someone who knows of her family, I have been appalled at what I’ve learned. What’s presented in public is very different than what appears to have been going on behind closed doors. People such as Israel and Jennifer Mckinney deserve nothing less than and iron fist handed to them by the Federal Government. They should be ashamed of themselves, but from the looks of everything I’ve read, that’s part of the problem — they have no shame. Their children need to be raised by someone who has their best interests at heart and can provide for them properly, and the Mckinneys need to pay the piper and be convicted for their crimes. They’re dispicable in every way.

  4. Taffy 07/30/2013 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Man, you both beat me to this. I was just going to say the same thing over on MWOP. Old JenJen should be very worried. She has done the all of the same things over and over. I don’t watch Real Housewives of NJ. I just caught the story on Fox News during my break and all I could think of was Jennifer McKinney! Thank for the article Tracy Coenen.

  5. Lee 07/30/2013 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Teresa flips tables, Jen throws chairs! They are cut from the same cookie cutter. I hope they both look good in stripes or bright orange, cuz their wardrobe is about to be very limited! It was too convenient that the kids AND the pets were gone when the fire started. I hope they get popped for arson, as well as the fraud stuff. At least Joe Guidice has a job, Isabel doesn’t even pretend!

  6. Joanne 07/30/2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    If you are the “Lee” we all think you are, MWOPERS and many others salute and applaud you for continuing your quest for justice … and … payment!! There has always been much speculation about what you and Gene Doeling have done to further the McKinney’s track toward their new stripe-y and bright orange wardrobe 🙂 Confirmation is difficult under the circumstances, but we’d sure like to think that your gain — and consequently ours — is not long off!

  7. Amy 09/23/2013 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Any new information on the Mckinneys, Tracy?

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