Now that the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars are facing a 39-count indictment and 50 years in prison, a lawyer who worked to have them found liable for fraud. back in 2007 tells RadarOnline.com that she feels vindicated -- and even a little bit pleased.
"The work we put in to make sure the judge recognized they were committing fraud ultimately resulted in them withdrawing their petition and tipping off the feds," she explains. "It's been a long road."
In fact, Chacon says, she's been aiding federal investigators in their work to nab the Giudices for years. "Our office has had calls from some federal agencies over the past four years," she reveals. "You don't think it's gonna come to anything and then finally it happens."
Still, she says, "Teresa and Joe's true day of reckoning is yet to come. The federal case is still ongoing. To actual vindication, I think it will be a long road."
"But finally it feels like people are opening their eyes to the situation after so many years," Chacon says. "Little by little, the truth is starting to come out. They're starting to show who they really are and what they are about."
"Everybody around her knows they're sleazy," Chacon insists. "I think that their fans must be from anywhere but New Jersey!"
The Giudices are currently out on $500,000 bail.