Joe Giudice talks potential deportation -- Would wife Teresa Giudice move to Italy with him?
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/18/2016
Joe Giudice has opened up about the possibility he may be deported once he finishes his time behind bars.
Joe surrendered to New Jersey's Federal Correction Institute, Fort Dix, on March 23 to begin serving his 41-month sentence for numerous counts of financial fraud. Joe, who was born in Italy and is not a citizen of the United States, may face deportation once he's released from prison.
Joe has reportedly been living in the United States with his family since age 1, however, he never officially acquired his citizenship.
On an episode ofThe Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa ChecksIn, the family's attorney James J. Leonard Jr. asked Joe about the situation.
"If, God forbid, you had to go, do you see Teresa and the girls moving to Italy with you?" Leonard Jr. asked, according to People.
Joe, 43, insisted he previously discussed the potential circumstance with Teresa, also 43, before noting, "Of course she would."
But at the end of the day, Joe said, "I consider myself an American."
The couple was sentenced to jail time in October 2014 after pleading guilty to three counts of bankruptcy fraud as well as and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a plea deal to resolve their 41-count federal fraud indictment.
Teresa and Joe's prison arrangements were made so that one parent could always be with their four daughters -- Gia, 15, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 10, and Audriana, 6.