Teresa & Joe Giudice head to court, surrender passports

Jul 30, 2013 at 2:40 p.m. ET

Teresa and Joe Giudice showed up to a New Jersey courtroom on Tuesday to face the serious fraud charges. Joe was in no mood to greet the paparazzi.


After Monday's charges were handed down to reality stars Teresa and Joe Giudice, the couple put up a united front. On Tuesday, the Bravo TV stars were in a New Jersey courtroom to answer to 39 federal fraud charges.

While Teresa dressed in a simple white pantsuit and kept quiet, it was Joe who was in no mood to face the swarm of paparazzi waiting for their big entrance. According to the New York Daily News, the 43-year-old father of four pushed a news camera out of the way as he headed into the Newark courthouse.

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His lawyer, Miles Feinstein, scolded Joe, “Calm down, Joe. Don't do that.”

The duo appeared before Judge Cathy Waldor to find out their current fate. While neither of them entered a plea, the judge handed down the rules they had to follow before their next court appearance on Aug. 14.

The Giudices were each released on a $500,000 bond. Joe's dad Frank secured his bond while Teresa was released on an unsecured bond.

They also had to surrender their passports and they can only travel between New York and New Jersey. Joe, who is not a U.S. citizen, also faces possible deportation back to Italy if he is convicted. He'll also have to submit to regular drug tests because he is a foreigner.

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Joe's mother was in a testy mood and did not react well when a reporter asked how she felt about her son possibly being deported.

She yelled, “None of your f****** business. Worry about yourself.”

Frank Giudice added, "Go to hell."

The TV personalities are facing one of the greatest challenges of their lives, but they seem prepared to fight the U.S. government.

Henry Klingeman, Teresa's lawyer, believes that his client is “being targeted because of her celebrity," but knows that “the family's handling themselves with great dignity.”

“We hope that she's vindicated and spends no time in jail. But it's a federal case and there's always a risk of jail," continued Klingeman.

There has been no word from U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman as to whether he'll offer the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars a plea deal, but he sounds pretty confident in his case.

He told reporters at the courthouse, “The investigation went on for a pretty long time and we're confident that we have enough evidence to convict the defendants beyond a reasonable doubt."

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The couple could face up to 50 years in jail if they're convicted of bank fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud charges.

After their morning ordeal was over, the paparazzi followed the family back to their Montville Township, New Jersey estate.

It was Joe's father who had the last word with reporters. He gave them the middle finger and then bent over with his butt facing everyone to show what he really thought of them.

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