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2 'Real Housewives of NJ' stars to appear in court

The Associated Press, Monday, July 29, 2013, 11:30pm (PDT)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are scheduled to make initial court appearances on federal fraud charges.

Teresa Giudice (JOO'-dice) and her husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, will appear in federal court Tuesday morning.

The Giudices were charged in a 39-count indictment Monday with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.

Authorities say the couple submitted fraudulent mortgage and loan applications from 2001 to 2008, including fake tax returns and W-2s. Prosecutors allege Joe Giudice failed to file tax returns for the years 2004 through 2008.

Teresa Giudice's attorney says she will plead not guilty. She says in a statement she wants to resolve the case as soon as possible.

Joe Giudice's attorney did not return a message seeking comment.

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