Chis Laurita has been found guilty of fraud in the civil bankruptcy case that has been underway for years.
The husband of former Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Jacqueline Laurita, is facing a $1.8 million bill.
The suit is not a criminal case, and Chris is not facing criminal charges.
Court documents reveal on August 28th, a United States Bankruptcy Court judge found Chris and his company, Iconix, “jointly and severally liable for fraud” and “negligent misrepresentation.”
Chris has been ordered to pay $1.8 million to Signature Apparel Group, after being found guilty of “breaching of fiduciary duties” and “tortious interference.”
Chris’ clothing company, Signature Apparel, filed for bankruptcy in 2009. A year later, the Laurita couple’s legal woes mounted when a court appointed official discovered that the couple was using company accounts to pay for luxuries, including private jets. Chris’ brother Joseph and sister-in-law, Adeline, settled their part of the suit in 2014, but Chris and his brother, Anthony, continued to pursue the case in court. The case stalled after the Lauritas were accused of owing former bankruptcy attorneys over $290k in legal fees.
Chris and Jacqueline put their family home back on the market, earlier this month.
Jacqueline declined to return to RHONJ, after Bravo did not offer her a full-time spot for Season 8.