‘Real Housewives’ star Joe Giudice’ state fraud trial delayed, may be trumped by federal trial

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Joe Giudice won’t face trial until 2014 on nearly three-year-old charges that he used his brother’s identification to get a driver’s license while his own was suspended.

His trial, set for next week, was delayed once again, this time because Judge Greta Gooden-Brown is already embroiled in another trial. And in any event, Giudice’s federal bank and bankruptcy fraud case, set for Feb. 24, trumps the state case, according to a Gooden-Brown staffer.

Giudice and his wife Teresa, of Montville, face 39 counts of fraud in federal court, some stemming from Joe Giudice’s construction business and pre-dating the show, and others from their bankruptcy, which they filed while filming the show’s second season. (They later withdrew the bankruptcy after Joe Giudice took the Fifth Amendment when questioned about assets they failed to declare.) They face as much as 50 years in jail if convicted.  

In the state case, Joe Giudice faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of fraudulently
using someone else’s identification to get his driver’s license and 18 months for forgery. Giudice’s license had been suspended due to a 2010 DUI.

Source: Vicki Hyman, The Star Ledger

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