By Vic2rea

BreakingNews Joe Giudice sentenced to 53 months in prison, couple owes $414,588.90 in restitution. Joe Giudice, husband of "Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Teresa, will spend nearly four years in prison.

Giudice was sentenced to 53 months in federal prison, but since some of the sentences will run concurrently, he will likely spend about three and a half years in prison. There will also be two years supervised release following the sentencing.

Judge Esther Salas ruled that couple owes $414,588.90 in restitution, due immediately. Teresa Giudice has not yet been sentenced.

The couple arrived holding hands at the courthouse Thursday morning for a sentencing hearing on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud chargescharges.

Salas slammed them for not disclosing all their assets in a presentencing report. She said they didn't include all the recreational vehicles they own.

The Giudices pleaded guilty to concealing income and lying during bankruptcy proceedings. Joe Giudice, a citizen of Italy, faces from 37 to 46 months in federal prison and could be deported. Teresa Guidice, 42, faces from 21 to 27 months in federal prison but her attorney is asking the court for probation.

During the sentencing hearing Thursday, when the federal judge excoriated the Giudices for "omissions and inconsistencies" in their listing of assets. defense attorneys claimed Joe Giudice has no idea what things cost. "Like many men," they told the judge.

It also appears Joe Giudice, 43, failed to file tax returns for the last several years despite being required to per his plea agreement.

The judge agreed with prosecutors' contentions that the omissions and inconsistencies on the Giudices' pre-sentence submission is similar to their criminal conduct. The judge said that will influence whether she shows leniency, and that getting financial information from the couple is like pulling teeth.

Teresa Giudice has said before that she will take responsibility on sentencing day, express remorse and address the court directly.

The couple accepted a package plea deal in March from the U.S. Attorney's Office, admitting they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and that they submitted phony loan applications to get about $5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Joe has admitted that he failed to file a tax return in 2004.

They each pleaded guilty to several counts, including bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and failing to pay taxes.

Teresa released a statement after their plea deal court appearance:

"Today, I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago. I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus I intend to address the court directly at sentencing. I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions and express remorse to Judge Salas and the public. I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family, especially for my four young daughters who mean more to me than anything in the world. Beyond this, I do not intend to speak specifically about the case outside of court, at the recommendation of my attorney and out of deference of the government and our legal system."

Teresa Giudice has parlayed her fame into cookbooks and specialty food, drink and hair care product lines. On the show, she is known for her expensive tastes and combative relationship with her brother and sister-in-law.

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