Teresa and Joe Giudice (Photo by Richard Formicola) (Photo: No credit)
Joe Giudice, of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” will be going back to Italy.
A U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia lifted a stay in the Morris County man’s deportation case on Thursday, paving the way for his removal to the country of his birth, said Jerard Gonzalez, one of Giudice’s immigration attorneys. Giudice will continue to fight to return to the U.S. but could be sent to Italy by Immigration and Customs Enforcement within the month, Gonzalez said.
“He will be OK,” Gonzalez said. “I just don’t like having families taken apart like this.”
Giudice and his wife Teresa, both of Montville, gained fame on reality TV but later ran afoul of the law for allegedly amassing millions of dollars in fraudulent loans and hiding the wealth they gained from the show. He has been held at the Clinton County Correctional Facility in central Pennsylvania since March, after completing a 41-month jail sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud.
The father of four daughters asked the court earlier this month to allow him to relocate to Italy while he fights deportation. The motion was filed days after Giudice was denied release on bond from the ICE facility.
A spokesman for ICE’s Philadelphia field office has said that for security reasons, the agency does not discuss removal arrangements before deportations.
Gonzalez said the request to relocate to Italy was unopposed by the government.
“When you lift the stay, immigration can remove him,” said the Woodland Park attorney. “They don’t have to, but they are. [ICE] said they will be removing him.”
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Giudice was born in Saronno, in northern Italy, and was 1 year old when he moved to the United States with his parents. He has lived in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident or green card holder but never applied for citizenship. Lawful permanent residents can lose their status if they commit certain crimes.
The Giudices were charged in 2013 with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud. Prosecutors at the time alleged that the couple overstated their income when applying for loans, then concealed their earnings from the hit television show in a bankruptcy filing. The indictment said they obtained millions in home-related loans between 2001 and 2008.
Gonzalez said that Giudice’s passport and a green card were taken by federal authorities after his arrest and that ICE will have to obtain the necessary documents for Giudice to travel to Italy. If Giudice were successful in his deportation appeal, it would still likely take some time to get him back into the United States, the attorney said.
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Source:: Daily times