Real Housewife Teresa Giudice and husband appear in court
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her husband were let go on $500,000 bond each Tuesday after showing up to federal court on charges of fraud and tax evasion that could get one of the deported.
Giudice, 41, and her husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, held hands during their appearance on a 39-count indictment at the hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy Waldor.
The judge asked if they understood the charges against them and whether they realized that, if convicted, Guiseppe faces potential deportation back to Italy because he is not a U.S. citizen.
"Yes," answered Teresa Giudice, wearing a white pant suit, her typically puffy black hairdo tamed into a ponytail.
"Yes," said her husband, his tattoos covered by a dark suit with a pink shirt and peach and blue striped tie.
Neither entered a plea, and they had to give up their passports and agree to travel only between New Jersey and New York.
The couple is accused of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, making false statements on loan applications and hiding income in a bankruptcy case.
From September 2001 until 2008, the Giudices submitted fraudulent loan applications to obtain mortgages and other loans, according to the indictment. After filing for bankruptcy protection in 2009, prosecutors charge the couple concealed businesses they owned, income from their rental property, as well as income that Teresa received from the reality show.
Giuseppe also was charged with failing to file tax returns for 2004-2008, when he received more than $996,000 in income.
The couple is due back in court Aug. 14.