Joe and Teresa Giudice head to court Wednesday (Ron Asadorian / Splash News)
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman filed the 39-count indictment against the couple on July 29. The charges include conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and making false statements on loan applications.
Their trial date has been set for October 8, but they're due to appear back in court on October 3.
Judge Esther Salas read the maximum fines and penalties, and if convicted, the Giudices face a combined penalty of many decades in prison and millions in fines. Teresa, 41, faces 20 counts and Joe faces 19. If convicted, Joe, 43, could even be deported because he's not an American citizen.
The couple — who have four daughters together — continues to be restricted when it comes to travel. If they wish to leave the New Jersey/New York area, they must give three days notice to the court.
Bravo, the cable network that airs their popular TV show, has not issued any comment thus far on the situation.
Joe and Teresa — who wore a khaki pant suit and her hair up in a high bun — arrived in court walking confidently. Fortunately, Joe didn't lose his cool this time as the media was instructed to stay behind police barricades.
Joe also had the support of his mom, who was spotted sitting behind her son in the courtroom.
Though Joe was smiling as he exited the courthouse, the couple's lawyers claim that they're being unfairly targeted because of their celebrity status.
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