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Real Housewives of New Jersey's Joe Giudice Indicted On Impersonation & Fraud Charges

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Dec. 21 2011, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice's husband Joe was indicted on Tuesday by a grand jury in the Garden State, charged with fraudulently obtaining a driver’s license in his brother's name, and has the details.

Joe, 40, was charged by a Passaic County grand jury with one count of impersonation and one count of wrongfully using identifying information of another, authorities said.

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When his license was suspended, according to officials, Giudice used his brother Pietro’s marriage and birth certificates to obtain a driver’s license with his picture -- but his brother’s info -- at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

Prosecutors said the ruse was uncovered when Pietro Giudice was pulled over in March on a routine traffic stop, and Joe's picture came up.

As previously reported, Joe's family fronted $50,000 bail the day he was arrested and he was released and driven to the Poconos where Teresa had a book signing.

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If convicted on both counts, he could face more than 11 years in prison.

This is not the reality star’s first run-in with the law. He spent 10 days in jail last year for driving with a suspended license and was even detained by Dominican Republic Police in February for his part in a violent bar brawl.

Teresa did not discuss the news on her Twitter page Tuesday.


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