Teresa Giudice is standing by her husband throughout their legal entanglements, and he may reward her by taking the fall, according to reports.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars are staring at up to 50 years in prison, but has made it clear that she and Joe Giudice are a united front.
“I support Joe,” she said after her indictment on 39 criminal charges. “As a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our daughters and me.”
The Giudices could be in very deep trouble for crimes that range from mail and bank fraud to lying about their income when applying for bankruptcy.
They surrendered to authorities this week and are free on bail.
Love, family and commitment aside, her loyalty could be a calculated move, as insiders say he may try to protect his wife as much as he can in their trial.
“My guess is that Joe will take some sort of a plea to lessen or remove anything from his wife,” said Monica Chacon, an attorney familiar with Giudice.
Chacon represented Giudice’s former business partner in a 2007 case, in which Joe Mastropole sued the couple and Teresa was absolved of any wrongdoing.
Despite her signature appearing on several documents, Joe was willing to accept responsibility for forging her signature and got her off the hook.
Joe answered that he "might have” signed crucial pieces of evidence in her name and continued to insist that Teresa had nothing to do with his business dealings.
Teresa adds, “I wasn’t involved in their business… I never went to a closing. I never signed any papers. [If] my name is on a lot of properties, it is news to me.”
But the plaintiff, Mastropole, insisted The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars were lying to help her get off, and says it may happen again here.
“Any mortgages she got, she knew darn well and she signed those mortgages. You know, [Teresa and Joe] are very good actors. They should be on HBO.”
How effectively he can shield her and how strong the evidence against the duo is this time remain open questions as the case moves through federal court.