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Teresa Giudice and crisis manager Wendy Feldman end relationship over prison request


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/21/2014 

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her crisis manager have parted ways after Teresa allegedly crossed the line.

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Since being sentenced to 15 months in prison on fraud charges earlier this month, Teresa requested a specific minimum-security prison camp where she'd like to serve her time, and her crisis manager Wendy Feldman did not approve and apparently found it to be an offensive mistake, E! News reported.

"Sadly, my time with Teresa has come to an end. My client relationships are very important to me, however today's filing regarding Teresa's Bureau of Prisons designation request was not done with my knowledge or input," Feldman told E! News in a statement.

"I am not the consultant referred to in filing. This is clearly not the first time my advice has not been followed, but this is the time where the stakes are the highest."

Teresa, 42, reportedly recently submitted a letter to the judge who presided over her case with husband Joe Giudice, requesting she serve her time at Danbury Federal Prison in Connecticut because it's closer to her four children and would therefore make it easier for them to visit her.

Feldman has made it clear she played no role in Teresa's chosen course of action.

"Both for my clients and myself, I work hard to maintain a strong relationship with the Bureau of Prisons. As I've tried to instruct Teresa, this is a process that must be respected. A designation to a camp is a gift, not a requirement from the BOP and the judge. By making this request, Teresa has jeopardized months of work, months of preparation and in fact may jeopardize where she is ultimately designated or sent to," Feldman continued.

"My ultimate responsibility is to all of my clients, not just to Teresa. I'm hopeful that, at some point, a change occurs and rehabilitation begins. My thought and wishes will always be with her children."

In addition to Joe pleading guilty for failure to file tax returns on nearly $1 million worth of his income, Teresa and Joe both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as three counts of bankruptcy as part of a March plea deal to resolve their 41-count federal fraud indictment.

In the plea deal, Teresa was warned she could receive up to 27 months in jail, but she accepted it anyway and later confessed in frustration she "didn't fully understand" the terms.

The couple also admitted to claiming false salaries between the years of 2001 and 2008 and submitting phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans in court. They face $13 million in claims after a judge denied a motion to discharge their 2009 bankruptcy filing.

Teresa, who previously competed on The Celebrity Apprentice, begins her sentence on January 5 so she can enjoy the holidays with her family. Joe will serve his 41-month sentence after Teresa completes her own. The judge made it so that their four girls will have one parent in their lives at a time.

After finishing his sentence, Joe will face deportation because he's not an American citizen.



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