Joe — who was previously arrested and jailed for bankruptcy fraud — shared his thoughts on the similarities between his case and that of the Chrisleys on the most recent episode of his ex-wife, Teresa Giudice, and Melissa Pfeister’s Namaste B$tches 팟캐스트.
“내 말은, these people did the same, exact thing we did, that I did — not Teresa, 나,” 조, 50, told the hosts. “It was probably, 내가 말하다, 90 percent of the world does, 미국. does — did — during the times, but they targeted us, and now these people here did the same exact thing, same exact charges.”
Joe was sentenced to a 41-month prison sentence after pleading guilty for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud 10 월 2014. Teresa, 50, was also found guilty of fraud charges Fjellhøy가 말했다 15 months in jail.
그 동안에, 토드, 53, and Julie, 49, were convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax fraud in June 2022. Julie was also found guilty of wire fraud. At their November sentencing, Todd received a 12-year prison sentence 와 함께 16 months probation, while Julie was given seven years in prison and a 16-month probation.
The couple has continued to deny the charges, and plan to appeal their sentencing.
Speaking about the Chrisleys’ trial and outcome on the podcast, Joe said, “They would’ve probably got a slap on the wrist, they would’ve gone to prison, maybe the wife would’ve gone to prison same [amount of] time as Teresa, 그렇다면. And the guy would’ve probably got the same amount I got, which he would’ve been out in, 알 잖아, 17 개월, ’cause he could’ve done the drug program and he’s a citizen and this and that, so he would’ve been out 16 개월, 17 개월.”
“But being that he went to trial, 확인? They crucified him, all right?” Joe continued. “They give you double time.”
Joe added that he believed the big difference between the cases and their varying lengths of sentences was due to the fact he and Teresa took plea deals.
“I’m assuming they probably gave him a plea deal for, 처럼, 48 개월, something like that. Something like I got, all right? 그래서, 당신은 얻을 36 months out of that, on good time and all that, and then if you get the drug programs, alcohol programs, and all that, you get even less time,” 그가 설명했다.
“그래서, you do maybe 15 개월, 알 잖아, 14 개월, something like that. But if he would have taken the plea… you can’t go to trial against the feds. You can’t do it. You gonna lose,” 그는 계속했다.
“We did the right thing,” Joe added. “We took the plea, we licked our wounds and did what we had to do and moved on.”
Following his fraud sentence, Joe was deported from America. The Italian native now lives in the Bahamas, 그리고 그 이후로 gotten divorced from Teresa after 20 결혼 년. They share four daughters: Audriana, 13, Milania, 16, 가브리엘라, 18, 그리고 가족, 21.
8 월 2022, Teresa got remarried to Luis Ruelas.
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As for the Chrisleys, a source exclusively told PEOPLE earlier this month that “they’ve really been leaning into their faith to pull them through” after the sentencing.
“그 말, what happened to them was horrible, to be ripped apart in court the way that they were. They feel they were targeted unfairly by the judge because he said to them multiple times, ‘Just because you’re on TV, doesn’t mean you’re going to get away with this,'” 소스가 말했다, noting that the couple believed the federal judge “was making an example of them.”
“They are planning on appealing so that they can right this wrong,” 소스 추가됨.
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The couple’s attorney Alex Little of Burr & Forman LLP also confirmed to PEOPLE that the duo was continuing to be “optimistic” about the future and planning to appeal.
“Todd and Julie are people of faith, and that faith gives them strength as they appeal their convictions,” Little said on Nov. 22. “Their trial was marred by serious and repeated errors, including the government lying to jurors about what taxes the couple paid. Based on these issues, we are optimistic about the road ahead.”