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Joe — who was previously arrested and jailed for bankruptcy fraud — shared his thoughts on the similarities between his case and that of the Chrisleys on the most recent episode of his ex-wife, Teresa GiudiceMelissa Pfeister’s Namaste B$tches podcast.
“I mean, these people did the same, exact thing we did, that I did — not Teresa, me,” Joe, 50, told the hosts. “It was probably, I say, 90 percent of the world does, the U.S. does — did — during the times, but they targeted us, and now these people here did the same exact thing, same exact charges.”
Joe was sentenced for a 41-month term prison sentence After pleading guilty mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud October 2014. Teresa, 50 years old, was also found guilty fraud charges sentenced to 15 month imprisonment
In the meantime, Todd (53), and Julie (49) are both in their 50s. were convicted conspiracy to commit bankfraud, conspiracy to defraud America and tax fraud in June 2022. Julie was also found guilty for wire fraud. Todd was also found guilty of wire fraud at their November sentencing. 12-year prison sentence Julie was sentenced to 16 months probation along with seven years in prison. Julie also received a 16-month probation.
The couple has continued to deny the charges, and plan to appeal their sentencing.
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Joe spoke about the trial of the Chrisleys and the outcome on the podcast. Joe stated that they would have probably received a slap on their wrists, and would have gone to prison. Maybe the wife would have gone to jail the same. [amount of] If that’s the case, time would be spent as Teresa. And the guy would’ve likely got the same amount that I got. He would’ve been out in 17 months, because he could have done the drug program. Also, he is a citizen and all that. So he would be out 16 months, 17 month.
“But, being that he was brought to trial, OK?” They crucified him all right? Joe said more. “They give you double the time.”
Joe stated that he believed that Teresa and Joe had taken plea deals, which explains the large difference in lengths of sentences.
“I assume they gave him a plea bargain for like 48 months. You got something like that? He explained that you get 36 months if you keep good time and get drug and alcohol programs.
“So, you do probably 15 months, you’re right, 14 months or something similar. However, he wouldn’t have accepted the plea… You can’t go against the feds to trial. You can’t do it. He continued, “You gonna lose.”
Joe stated, “We did the right things.” “We accepted the plea and we licked all our wounds. Then we moved on.”
Joe was deported from America after his fraud sentence. Joe, an Italian national, now lives in The Bahamas. gotten divorced After twenty years of marriage, Teresa separated. They have four daughters. Audriana, 13, Milania, 16, Gabriella18, and Gia, 21.
In August 2022, Teresa got remarried to Luis Ruelas.
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PEOPLE exclusively learned from a source earlier this month that Chrisleys are “…”they’ve really been leaning into their faith to pull them through” After the sentencing.
“That being said, they felt that the judge treated them unfairly. They feel unfairly treated by the judge. He said multiple times to them that ‘Just because your name is on TV doesn’t mean you’re going to get away,'” according to a source. The source also said that the couple believed the federal Judge was “making an example of” them.
According to the source, “They plan on appealing to right this wrong.”
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The couple’s attorney Alex Little of Burr & Forman LLP also confirmed to PEOPLE that the duo was continuing to be “optimistic” about the future Planning to appeal.
Little stated on Nov. 22 that Todd and Julie were people of faith. This faith gives them strength to appeal their convictions. “Their trial was plagued by serious and repeated mistakes, including the government lying about taxes to jurors. We are hopeful about the future based on these issues.