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How They Fooled The World: Teresa and Joe Giudice's 25 Biggest Lies

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Jan. 5 2015, Updated 9:26 a.m. ET

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Liar, liar, pants on fire?

If you've been tracking the falsehoods spread by Teresa and Joe Giudice, there'd be quite a few torched trousers, to put it lightly, and we've got a truthful account of their untruths right here on

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The Giudices currently face 39 counts of various attempts at fraud, but this isn't the first time they've been accused of shady behavior. Back in 2007, Joe Giudice admitted to forging his business partner, Joe Mastropole's name on a mortgage document.


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Joe also was accused of using a notary stamp that an ex-employee had left in her desk to falsely notarize mortgage documents..

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Joe has admitted that he "could have" forged Teresa's name on official documents Joe forged Teresa's name on documents.

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A judge ordered Joe to pay his former business partner, Joe Mastropole, $260,000 as part of a 2007 fraud case. Mastropole tells he has "never received a penny."

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Joe is accused of failing to file tax returns for the years of 2004 through 2008, when he allegedly made nearly $1 million. “The privilege of living well in the United States carries certain real responsibilities, including filing tax returns when required and paying the correct amount of tax,” Shantelle P. Kitchen, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office, said.

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In September 2001, the indictment claims, Teresa applied for a mortgage loan of $121,500, for which she submitted a loan application that falsely claimed she was employed as an executive assistant. She was not, but allegedly submitted fake W-2 forms and fake paystubs to support her ruse.fake paystubs

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On Oct., 29, 2009, Joe and Teresa filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. According to the new indictment, they concealed Teresa's anticipated income increase from Season 2 of Real Housewives of New Jersey in that filing.

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In addition, Joe and Teresa allegedly concealed Teresa's true base income from the show.

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Teresa and Joe are accused of concealing income they received from a rental property in the bankruptcy filing.

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Finally, the indictment alleges, Joe and Teresa intentionally concealed businesses they owned.

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Teresa has always insisted that she was never involved in her husband's business affairs. During the 2007 fraud trial, plaintiff Joe Mastropole asserted that "she darn well knew" everything that was going on behind the scenes.

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Teresa regularly flashed wads of cash while shopping on the show, but according to her 2009 bankruptcy filing, she secretly owed nearly $20,000 on credit cards for Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus: $104,000 in debt on at least eight credit cards in all.

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Teresa said on the show that her house was worth $5 million, but claimed it was worth $1.9 million in her bankruptcy filing.

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Joe and Teresa admitted to defaulting on their $1,280 a month payment for their black Cadillac Escalade. They also didn't have insurance on the SUV, according to reports.

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Joe and Teresa loved to flaunt their Jersey Shore house on the show, but when they filed for bankruptcy, Joe and Teresa said they actually had three mortgages on the property and owed $325,000.

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After Joe forged Joe Mastropole's name in 2007, he fraudulently obtained another loan that netted him $1 million. Now, they're accused of securing nearly $5 million in fraudulently obtained loans, according to Monday's indictment.

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Teresa was shown on the show talking on a blinded-out cellphone, but according to their bankruptcy filing, at one point they owed $2,3000 on their phone bill.

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Teresa was accused of secretly charging a fee for her "charity" appearances. She later vehemently denied the claims.

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Teresa was shown dropping $2,000 for designer clothes in just one episode of RHONJ, but claimed in her bankruptcy filing to spend only $400 per month on clothing for the family.

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In the 2007 fraud case, Teresa said she was impressed by Joe's success renovating rental properties. In reality, sources told that the tenants were treated like slum dwellers. Electricity was shut down when Joe owed $51,000 to the utilities company.

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Allegedly, Joe fraudulently obtained a drivers license in his brother's name after his own was suspended. He denied doing it, but video reportedly surfaced of him walking into the DMV with papers in his hands on the same day the license was issued.

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Teresa and Joe filed for bankruptcy because they claimed they were in desperate need of financial help. Two years later, they decided to withdraw it and avoid future questioning about their finances.

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Teresa and Joe had a lavish vow renewal in 2011 that was actually organized solely for a magazine photo shoot. Joe spent most of the day drinking at the venue's bar, a source says.

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Teresa said on the show that she and Joe won the 2007 fraud, claiming, "In reality, we really did win the case." But the Judge in the case included a stern warning to them in his judgment, calling their behavior an "extraordinary web of lies."

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Teresa and Joe went on glamorous vacations to Italy and the Dominican Republic on the show, but according to reports, local tourism agencies often foot the bill for such trips.



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