'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season 6's Teresa Giudice's Husband Joe Giudice Cited Again, 47 Suspensions in 26 Years [REPORT]
Less than two weeks before he stands trial for a fraud charge related to his driver's license, Joe Giudice was ticketed for careless driving in a New Jersey school zone.
The reality star was driving in his hometown of Montville, N.J. when he swerved into oncoming traffic on Nov. 5, ABC News reported on Wednesday. Township administrator Victor Canning said the local police officer who witnessed his swerving incident "assumed" Giudice had his hands occupied.
"The officer assumed he was texting," Canning told ABC. "He didn't actually see him texting but he assumed that's what he was doing."
Giudice is being fined up to $200 and/or up to 15 days in jail for his latest offense. According to the report, Giudice has an extensive license suspension history--it has been suspended 47 times in the last 26 years; which averages to twice per year.
The 43-year-old begins trial for his fraud charges on Nov. 19. He faces charges for illegally obtaining a driver's license with his brother's name. According to court documents, he committed fraud when he forged his brother's signature. He was also was arrested for a DUI in March 2011, according to NJ.com.
He faces up to 10 years for the fraud and 18 months for forgery. He also faces deportation if convicted because he was born in Italy and never applied for U.S. citizenship.
Joe and his wife Teresa Giudice were indicted with on July 29 for a whopping 39 charges, according to TMZ. The list includes a wide range of offenses, including failure to report income to the IRS and bank fraud. The Giudices each face a maximum of 20 years in jail for bank fraud and up to 30 years each for alleged bank schemes, according to the report. The couple has not been arrested but attended several court hearings related to the charges.
The couple told Andy Cohen in a September interview on Watch What Happens Live that they believe they are innocent of the 39 charges. Joe told Cohen he believes that being reality stars "absolutely" played a role in the state's decision to prosecute the couple.
Because Joe's attorney, Miles Feinstein, also represents Teresa, the trial for the couple's 39-indictment case for the financial offenses has been pushed back to February 2014.