Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice’s deportation after serving 41-months in federal prison is unavoidable.
In 2016, Joe Giudice said goodbye to his wife, Teresa, and the couple’s four daughters to begin his prison sentence for fraud at New Jersey’s Federal Correction Institute, Fort Dix. However upon his release in March 2019, the father of four will be handed over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to begin deportation proceedings.
Giudice is an Italian citizen who has a status of, “Permanent Resident of the US,” although he’s lived in the United States since he was a toddler. All immigrants, including those with green cards, can be deported if they violate U.S. immigration laws.
Joe’s extradition back to Italy began in June when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), initiated removal proceedings by placing a detainer on the reality dad. One of the main types of offenses that can result in deportation are crimes of moral turpitude — specifically, immigrants are at risk of being deported, if they are convicted of a “crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony.”
According to Department of State, crimes of “moral turpitude,” include:
- Fraud (fraud or tax evasion involving more than $10K)
- Aggravated driving under the influence (“DUI” or “DWI”)
- Intent to harm persons or things
- Crimes involving dishonesty and theft
- Assault with the intent to rob or kill
- Spousal abuse
It is important to note: there is a strong policy in favor of removal of those aliens who are considered in violation of the immigration laws due to criminal activity.
Joe will go before an immigration judge, who will approve or deny his application to stay in the US based on his credibility, the nature of his criminal convictions, and the strength of his ties to the U.S. Under immigration law, Joe must find a legally recognizable basis for staying.
In 2013, Giudice was indicted on 41-counts including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. The incidents occurred between September 2001 and September 2008. They were accused of filing fraudulent paperwork to obtain some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans and then hiding their assets during a 2009 bankruptcy petition. Joe also failed to file tax returns between 2004 and 2008 on income of more than $990,000.
As reported, Joe has arrests and convictions spanning over two decades:
- Assault (Joe smashed a woman’s head into a mailbox in 1992)
- Bank fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Identity fraud (2014 conviction for using his brother’s identity to obtain a new license after he lost his because of a drunken-driving conviction)
- Tax evasion
- Multiple DUIs resulting in convictions and jail time
- Driving on a suspended license (Joe’s had his driver’s license suspended more than a dozen times)
During an episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In — the family’s attorney, James J. Leonard Jr., asked Joe “If, God forbid, you had to go, do you see Teresa and the girls moving to Italy with you?” Without hesitation, Joe responded he and wife, Teresa Giudice, talked about it. “Of course she would.”
The Giudice family
What do you think. Will Teresa and his daughters follow Joe to Italy after his deportation? Share your thoughts in the comments.