Now, a source close to the case tells RadarOnline.com that the feds were smart to impose limits on their travel, because Joe and Teresa could have been planning a "great escape" to Italy.
Joe, an Italian citizen, does not have a U.S. passport, despite having lived in the U.S. for most of his life!
Monica Chacon, an attorney who worked to win a judgement against Joe for fraud in 2007 says, "My only guess is … maybe his whole not having a U.S. passport thing would be an easy way for him to escape at some time."
Chacon reveals, "One of my clients always used to say that they had a lot of money hidden in Italy." Joe and Teresa's families are from the same village in Italy, and they have made visits back to the homeland on-camera for RHONJ.
In fact, that's where they could end up. Since he is not a U.S. citizen, Joe faces deportation back to Italy if convicted of any of the 39-counts of fraud that he and Teresa face.
"I assume immigration is on top of it," Chacon says. "You don't need to be a citizen in order to pull off fraud!"