'Real Housewives' star, husband face sentencing for bankruptcy fraud, could be imprisoned

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NEWARK, New Jersey — The married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are due for a dose of unscripted reality.

Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice are scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges in federal court in Newark.

The couple had pleaded guilty in March, admitting that they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitted phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Joe Giudice faces a potential sentence of 37 to 46 months and Teresa Giudice could get 21 to 27 months, though the judge could deviate up or down from those ranges. Lawyers for Teresa Giudice, 42, remain hopeful that she may be spared a prison sentence and instead receive probation, noting the need to care for the couple's four young daughters.

Joe Giudice, who is an Italian citizen, could be deported upon completion of a prison term. His attorney has said that Giudice came to the U.S. as an infant and wasn't aware that he wasn't an American citizen.

Both Giudices pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and three types of bankruptcy fraud. Joe Giudice, 43, also pleaded guilty to failing to file a tax return for 2004, though he acknowledged he didn't file taxes on income of approximately $1 million between 2004 and 2008.

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