This isn't the first time Joe and Teresa Giudice have gone to court for fraud. After Joe admitted to forging his former business partner's name on mortgage documents during a 2007 trial, and was subsequently ordered to pay the plaintiff $260,000. Disappointed Teresa said on an episode of RHONJ, "It's like, you gotta lie [in court!]"
"I had a fetish with shoes," Joe says. "I had all these $150 pairs, and I never wore half of them." Feds claim the couple funded their spending with fraud.
"Kids can never have too many toys, right?" Teresa once said. But now, those girls' parents could be going to jail for a very long time.
Teresa said instead of buying gifts for her kids, she saves for their education: "I want them all to go to college and have careers so they never have to rely on a man." But she was spotted buying her daughter $2,000 in clothes on one shopping trip.
"Sometimes I do my own hair and makeup," Teresa said when asked how she was going to deal with her $11 million debt.
In August, 2011, Teresa insisted that she had "no credit card debt." But just a year before, she claimed to owe $104,000 on several different credit cards.
"They may be trying to keep up with some image," she once said of the other Housewives. "That isn't the case for us." But she and Joe had three mortgages on their shore house and owed $325,000.
"We feed off of each other, make deals and give each other ideas," Teresa said of Joe. The feds have since called their "deals" a "conspiracy."
To those who criticized her finances, Teresa said, "It shouldn't be their concern." The federal government, however, is very concerned and charged the Giudices with 39 counts of fraud.
"Joe and I are strong people," she said in 2011. "We're working our way out of this [financial mess]." Two years later, the situation worse than ever.
"I don't spend money that I don't have," she said in 2011. "Believe me, going forward I'll show that." Now, she's facing jail time over her finances.
"If we lived in the inner city and didn't have a big house, we wouldn't be on the show!" Joe once said, trying to explain their need for a lavish home.
"I live a simple life," Joe has claimed. "I shop at outlets and buy things cheap." But he and Teresa shared a $140,000 Maserati and a luxury Cadillac Escalade.
"Just because you're bankrupt doesn't mean you're done," Teresa said in 2011. Now, after withdrawing that filing, she's facing 50 years in prison.
"You gotta spend money!" Joe insisted even after filing for bankruptcy. "You gotta buy things!"
"[Teresa] might spend $10,000 on stupid things, but I didn't question it, and it always got paid," Joe said. But when the couple filed for bankruptcy, they owed $104,000 to credit card companies.
"I sank a lot of money into this house, and as long as I can continue paying for it, I will," Joe said.
"My fans still love me regardless of my finances," Teresa insists.
"My wedding was incredible," Teresa has said. "My flowers had cost $10,000, which was a lot of money 10 years ago. My dress was around $10,000. My photographer, too."
Teresa complained about people criticizing her wild spending, saying, "They're always asking me, 'How many times have you gone to the mall this week, Teresa?'"
"Joe and I have learned a lot from our mistakes," she said in September 2010 after filing for bankruptcy. Three years later, they're facing jail time.
"My father gave us everything we wanted," Teresa says, explaining the lifestyle she's used to.
"I spent so much money on this house, and then we redid it again!" Joe once laughed.
"I used to shop, shop, shop! The clothes would sit in my closet," Teresa once said.
Teresa said, "It's like, wow. You just can't trust anyone any more!" when talking about the lawsuit her husband's ex-business partner brought against them. Joe later admitted to forging the man's signature.
Joe admitted to forging former business partner Joe Mastropole's signature. When told that that admission would cost him $260,000, Joe told his lawyer, "So in other words, never tell the truth."
After Joe admitted to forging mortgage documents in 2007, Teresa said, "I don't feel my husband did anything wrong, to tell the truth. But I guess the judge did what he had to do."
"Teresa gets to keep her shoes!" Joe first said when advised that their belongings would not be sold off at auction.
Joe "is very successful and lets me spend money," Teresa said in the first season of RHONJ, before her troubles became public.