What you need to know about Teresa Giudice's criminal case

Ashley Turner

Reality star Teresa Giudice said in the season 7 trailer for 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' that she was going to "look to a brighter future" after being released from her year long sentence in prison, but things are looking quite dim with the reopening of her bankruptcy case.

Giudice's case has been unfolding for years. With Giudice's year-long stay in prison and her husband Joe Giudice's current 41-month long sentence, it was easy to believe that the case had finally been resolved. However, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Stacey L. Meisel recently reopened Giudice's case despite her lawyer's attempts to prevent this by saying that Giudice plans to pay off 27 out of 29 of her creditors, according to NJ.com.

Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, during court proceedings in January.

Here's what you need to know about the case throughout the years:


Throughout this time the Giudices apply for and are granted several loans using falsified information, W-2s and falsified tax returns. By the beginning of 2008 they receive more than $3.5 million in loans by using false information in their documents and lying about their income.

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October 2009 

Teresa and Joe Giudice file for bankruptcy, claiming they have about $8.7 million in liabilities they have to pay.

June 2010

Claims against the Giudices' are made by their creditors' bankruptcy trustee. The trustee alleges that the couple were hiding assets and income, including the $280,000 advance Giudice received for her 'Skinny Italian' cookbook and her monthly salary of over $7,000 from 'ROHNJ.'

September 2011

Joe Giudice abandons his bankruptcy filing, which requested to have millions of dollars forgiven in federal bankruptcy court. He pleads his Fifth Amendment rights when his creditors' bankruptcy trustee questions him about allegedly hiding his assets and lying about his income.

July 2013

The couple are indicted on 39 counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, loan application fraud and bankruptcy fraud.

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice (left) and his wife, Teresa Giudice, of Montville walk out of Newark court after an appearance. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

March 2014

Teresa and Joe Giudice both plead guilty to fraud charges and face prison time. Joe Giudice faces possible deportation. Teresa Giudice agrees to pay $200,000 to the government during the time of her sentencing. Joe Giudice admits to avoiding and not paying up to $1 million in income taxes between 2004 and 2008.

October 2014

Teresa Giudice is sentenced to 15 months in prison for her conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges. Joe Giudice is sentenced to 41 months in prison and faces an immigration hearing after his sentence is complete to determine whether he will be deported back to Italy.

December 2014

Teresa Giudice files a lawsuit against her previous bankruptcy attorney, James Kridel, for $5 million. She claims that he mishandled her bankruptcy filing and did not prepare her for a meeting with the federal Bankruptcy Court trustee and creditors that she owed millions of dollars to.

January 2015 

Teresa Giudice begins her 15-month prison sentence.

December 2015 

Giudice is released from prison early for federal "good time" allowances. 'RHONJ' Season 7 begins filming.

March 2016 

Joe Giudice begins his 41-month prison sentence at Fort Dix federal prison.

May 2016 

Judge Stacey L. Meisel reopens Giudice's case, which could mean that the creditors that Giudice owes money to may be able to earn proceeds from Giudice's lawsuit against James Kridel if she wins.