Joe Giudice has filed an appeal to avoid being deported back to his native Italy.
“The appeal has been filed and we remain optimistic that Joe will soon be home with his family where he belongs. We are extremely grateful for Joe’s immigration attorneys Jerry Gonzales and Tom Moseley and are very confident in them,” Leonard Jr. said in a statement to Page Six, adding it could take months for an answer.
“I don’t understand how I can be deported on this case,” the 46-year-old restaurant owner responded to Ellington as he appeared via teleconference. “If you will [allow], I’ll tell you my side. I shouldn’t even be here right now. I have to go back and tell my kids this, and they’ve been waiting to hear from me.”
Caroline Manzo spoke out in Joe’s defense following his deportation verdict.
“So very sad to hear the news. Joe has been in this country since infancy. He’s made mistakes, took responsibility for those mistakes and served his time. He is not a violent person or a threat to society,” Caroline Manzo told Us Weekly exclusively. “He has four beautiful daughters that love their father and need him in their lives.”
Kathy Wakile also offered words of support.
“Very sad and devastating news. My heart is broken for him and their entire family. It’s a harsh punishment for someone that has lived his whole life here as an American and has served his time for his mistakes. To be separated from his family is heartless.”
Former friend of the couple, Kim DePaola, also shared her two-cents on Joe’s deportation and claims Teresa Giudice is a cold-hearted, good-for-nothing mom, who parties like a “rock star,” and could care less about her husband’s deportation. But on the other hand — Joe’s mother, Filomena Giudice, will join her son in Italy.
In 2013, Joe Giudice and his wife, Teresa 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.
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