'Real Housewives' husband reports to prison, faces deportation

Teresa and Joe Giudice appear at Pangea Nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday, August 11, 2013 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Teresa and Joe Giudice appear at Pangea Nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday, August 11, 2013 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)

The husband of one of New Jersey's "Real Housewives" is now in prison.

An attorney for Joe Giudice said the husband of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice reported to the Fort Dix federal prison on Wednesday to begin serving a 41-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud.

Teresa Giudice finished her 15-month sentence in December. A judge staggered their sentences so they could care for their four daughters.

The two pleaded guilty in 2014 and admitted they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitted phony loan applications to get $5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Joe Giudice also admitted he didn't pay about $200,000 in taxes.

Under their plea agreement, they were ordered to pay $414,000 in restitution.

Giudice is a resident alien, not a U.S. citizen, and under federal immigration laws is to be deported to Italy after completing his sentence. With time off for good behavior, that could come in about 35 months, attorney Miles Feinstein said.

"It was a pleasure representing Joe," Feinstein said. "He was always great with me. The public doesn't see the real side of his personality. He accepted responsibility and, more importantly, he is a man and the head of the family and did everything to exonerate his wife."

Giudice's federal sentence will run concurrent with an 18-month state sentence for unlawful use of an ID and impersonation, stemming from his 2014 guilty plea in an unrelated case. He was charged with using his brother's identity to obtain a driver's license while his own license was suspended for driving while intoxicated in 2010.

This story has been corrected to reflect that Giudice is a resident alien and has not been living in the U.S. illegally.

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