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Teresa and Joe Giudice in Court

Like Teresa Giudice, her house hubby Joe will also plead not guilty to the a 39-count indictment against the reality couple filed Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

But Joe has a lot more than the charges (and over 50 years in prison) he’s facing. Given that the reality star, unlike his wife, isn’t a U.S. citizen, he could also be deported – a possibility that’s weighting on him, according to his attorney.

“It’s natural to worry, but he’s worried not as much for himself but for Teresa and his family,” Miles Feinstein told Celebuzz. “He’s mainly concerned about Teresa and the kids and his family and staying in the country with them.

“If he was even found guilty on one of the 39 charges, that might deport him,” including mortgage fraud and bankruptcy fraud, revealed Feinstein, adding that the charge stemming from Joe’s failure to file his tax returns from 2004 to 2008 are “probably not deportable.”

Joe is also facing state charges of fraud in which he’s been accused of obtaining a driver’s license using his brother’s name. Those allegations also make it more of a reality that the 43-year-old father of four may be asked to leave the U.S.

“Sometimes you see it on the Real Housewives [of New Jersey] and sometimes you don’t, but they support each other and love each other. And they love their kids tremendously,” said Feinstein.

Joe’s attorney tries to explain why his client has been in the country his whole life without becoming a naturalized citizen.

“Joe has an Italian passport, not a U.S. passport. He came to his country when he was one year old. Because his family I suppose didn’t realize they should have done something.

“He came when he was one so I assume they thought he was a citizen.

“It would be a shame one way or another if he was deported since he’s been here since that young age. It’s unfortunate that he wasn’t naturalized.”

For now, the often financially troubled TV pair – who withdrew bankruptcy in 2011 after claiming $11 million in debts – have been released on their own recognizance despite the whopping $500K bond each that was set during their first court appearance on the federal charges July 30.

“People have thought they had to put up half a million dollars, but they didn’t have to put up a thing, no house, nothing,” explained Feinstein. “No property, bonds, no money.

“It was equivalent of bail but no bail.”

But they better show up in court or they’ll be the hefty price to pay.

“It’s to ensure the person’s presence in court every time. They would be responsible for $500,000 each if they didn’t show up in court,” he added.

“Their roots, family and kids are here so they are going to be there.”

Joe and Teresa Giudice Indicted

Teresa and Joe Giudice have found themselves in legal hot water yet again.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s most infamous couple are facing some serious charges stemming from their bankruptcy case in 2009 in which the U.S. Attorney’s Office is alleging they conspired to defraud lenders to illegally obtain mortgages and loans and hide assets, according to a statement released July 29.

The reality stars have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud in a 39-count indictment.

The indictment also charges Joe (real name Giuseppe) with failure to file his tax returns from 2004 to 2008 after earning nearly $1 million.

“The indictment returned today alleges the Guidices lied to the bankruptcy court, to the IRS and to a number of banks,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. “Everyone has an obligation to tell the truth when dealing with the courts, paying their taxes and applying for loans or mortgages. That’s reality.”

If you’re memory of all the Housewives drama is a bit fuzzy, let’s clear it up for you.

This all comes before and after Joe decided to withdraw his bankruptcy petition in 2011 after he and his wife filed Chapter 7 two years prior to the tune of $11 million.

“Today’s indictment alleges the Giudices did not live up to their responsibilities by failing to file tax returns, falsifying loan applications and concealing assets in their bankruptcy petition. The reality is that this type of criminal conduct will not go undetected and individuals who engage in this type of financial fraud should know they will be held accountable,” added Shantelle P. Kitchen, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS-Criminal Investigation in Newark, New Jersey.

Here is a play-by-play of the couple’s alleged criminal activity:

– From September 2001 through September 2008: The Giudices allegedly committed mail and wire fraud conspiracy when they submitted fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications to lenders and lied about their employment status and massive salaries.

Here’s a doozy – In September 2001, Teresa allegedly applied for a mortgage loan of $121,500 and falsely claimed on the documents that she was an executive assistant, submitted fake W-2 forms and paystubs by this phantom employer, according to the release.

– The release also cites the Giudices Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in 2009 when they intentionally covered up money they made from a rental property (nearly $43,000) and Teresa’s income (over $110,000) from the Housewives, her website sales and personal and magazine appearances.

– The indictment also alleges that even before the headline-making couple became famous on the hit Bravo show, Teresa’s burly hubby made $996,459 between 2004 and 2008, but didn’t file tax returns.

And to top it off, they are looking at even more serious time behind bars – up to 50 years in prison!

That is, for each charge: Up to 20 years in the pokey and a $250,000 fine for mail and wire fraud, up to 30 years and a $1 million fine for bank and loan application fraud, and up to five years in the slammer and $250K fine for bankruptcy fraud.

While solo, Joe is facing up to a year in prison and a $100K fine for not filing his tax returns for four years.

To make their legal matters worse, Joe is already facing over 11 years in prison after he was charged in 2011 with fraudulently obtaining a phony driver’s license.

Attorneys for the Giudices were not available for comment.

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