Reality Stars Who've Faced Jail Time

These celebrities were slapped with charges ranging from tax evasion to domestic battery

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Geoffrey Paschel

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Knox County Sheriff's Department

The 90 Day Fiancé alum has been convicted of kidnapping and assaulting his fiancée. A jury found Paschel guilty of aggravated kidnapping, domestic assault, and interference with emergency calls, the Knox County District Attorney's Office said in a statement on Oct. 8.

Prosecutors had alleged that sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a domestic disturbance on June 9, 2019, at Paschel's home. When they arrived, his now ex-fiancée told officers that Paschel had assaulted her. He also took her phone and wouldn't let her leave the residence. She said she was able to flee to a neighbor's house while he slept, authorities said.

Paschel's aggravated kidnapping conviction is a class B felony. Due to his criminal history, he faces a sentence of between 12 and 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole, the D.A.'s office said. His prior convictions include possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, as well as two federal drug trafficking charges.

Paschel is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 3.

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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro

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The Jersey Shore star was arrested after allegedly attacking a partner in Los Angeles, PEOPLE confirmed on April 23. His arrest took place the morning of April 22 at 11:50 am in the Northridge area on suspicion of intimate partner violence with injuries and with priors, a spokesperson for the LAPD told PEOPLE.

Ortiz-Magro was then taken to Van Nuys jail before being released later that day on $100,000 bail. The reality star's daughter Ariana, whom he shares with ex-girlfriend Jen Harley, was in his care at the time of the incident, a source told PEOPLE, and was later taken to her mother. Harley was not involved in the incident.

Following the star's arrest, which was first reported by TMZ, his lawyers said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE: "We have just learned of the new allegations against Ronnie and need some additional time to further investigate. As such, we will not be making any other statements at this time."

The star is currently on probation as part of a plea deal he agreed to in 2020 in a previous domestic violence case involving Harley.

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Alexa Curtin

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The daughter of The Real Housewives of Orange County alum Lynne Curtin was sentenced to 68 days in jail after pleading guilty to multiple criminal charges.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast in February, Curtin pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and substance paraphernalia, driving under the influence, driving without a valid license, vandalism and petty theft in Orange County court in late January. In addition to jail time, she was sentenced to three years of informal probation, three months in a first offender alcohol program and restitutions for damages, the outlet reported.

Online jail records show that Curtin was arrested on Jan. 8 and released on Jan. 26. Given that Curtin had previously spent time in jail, she was released on time served on the same day of her sentencing hearing, The Blast reported.

A lawyer who can comment on behalf of Curtin could not be immediately located by PEOPLE.

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Maurice Fayne

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The Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star was arrested and charged with bank fraud after allegedly spending millions of dollars worth of coronavirus relief funds on jewelry.

The United States Department of Justice revealed the arrest on May 13, 2020, explaining that Fayne, who also goes by the name Arkansas Mo, had been arrested on federal bank fraud charges arising from a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.

A representative for Fayne did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

PPP provides forgivable loans to small businesses to help cover up to eight weeks of payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent and utilities amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The program was established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

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Lauri Peterson's Son Josh Waring

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The former Real Housewives of Orange County star's son has been released from jail after pleading guilty to lesser charges in his attempted murder case.

"Josh's ordeal in jail nearly broke his spirit," Waring's attorney Joel Garson told PEOPLE. "We are grateful the prosecution team was able to carefully consider all of the problems it had with the case, as well as the equities in favor of Josh and offer us a plea deal that got Josh out immediately."

"He was looking at a potential sentence of 65 years to life, and getting out today will mark the beginning of a new life for him. Because of Josh's case, and with a very patient judge, we were able to expose the illegal practice of taping attorney-client telephones calls here in Orange County by the Sheriff's Department and reveal the cruel treatment of inmates by the Sheriff's Department. We only hope the lessons of Josh's case will help other inmates."

Garson had previously tried to convince a judge to release Waring after it was revealed that authorities were eavesdropping on Waring's conversations from jail with lawyers, The Orange County Register reported in March 2019. Waring filed a claim against Orange County, demanding $1.4 million, The Blast reported.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the recordings were made in error, The Blast reported. Attorney Nicholas Kohan, who is handling the lawsuit regarding the tapped calls, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment and the status of the case is not immediately clear.

According to court records, Waring entered a guilty plea to felony counts of evading a peace officer, assault with a firearm, hit-and-run with property damage and battery, The Blast and TMZ reported.

Garson explained that his client was awarded time served and was released on March 6, 2020.

Waring has been behind bars since 2016 after being arrested and accused of shooting a man named Daniel Lopez outside a sober living home in Costa Mesa, California. Lopez survived the gunshot.

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Chad Johnson

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The Bachelorette alum was arrested after getting into an alleged fight with his girlfriend, PEOPLE confirmed on Feb 25, 2020.

A spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that Johnson - who competed on JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette as well as Bachelor in Paradise - was arrested that Monday afternoon on robbery with domestic violence enhancement charges.

According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Johnson's girlfriend, Annalise Mishler, said he had gotten physical with her and officers found visible red marks on her face. The outlet reported that Johnson was charged with robbery because he allegedly grabbed her phone away while she called 911.

Ahead of the arrest, Mishler had reportedly documented the alleged fight in a series of since-deleted posts on her Instagram Story.

The posts, which were captured by television writer Reality Steve, alleged that Johnson had punched a visible hole through her wall. The videos also showed Johnson allegedly "screaming" outside of her door and trying to get inside.

According to Mishler's videos, Johnson allegedly yelled "I hope you f-ing die" through the door. In the clips, Mishler said the alleged fight started after she found notifications from a dating app on his phone.

In an update on her Instagram Story the same day of Johnson's arrest, Mishler wrote that "things escalated this morning and are being taken care of now."

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Julianne 'Jules' Wainstein

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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

The former Real Housewives of New York star was arrested in Florida on Feb. 23, 2020 and booked on a charge of battery after allegedly attacking her estranged husband, Michael Wainstein, in front of their two children.

Julianne was booked in Palm Beach County's main detention center around 3:50 p.m, according to online records. The exes were then in court the following morning, Michael's lawyer Morghan Richardson told PEOPLE, where Michael obtained a protective order against Julianne.

An arraignment was scheduled for March 16, 2020.

Their two children - son Jagger and daughter Rio - were released to Michael's custody, Richardson added.

"This is a serious situation reflecting Ms. Wainstein's increasingly reckless behavior that unfortunately took place in front of the kids," Richardson said in a statement. "The children were released to Michael's custody yesterday and he is most concerned about protecting them. Michael is exploring all of his legal options at this time."

The star, who joined RHONY for one season, and her lawyer did not respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment.

A source told PEOPLE that the former couple got into a verbal dispute during a custody exchange in a parking lot. Jules then allegedly approached Michael's car with a baseball bat, which she used to damage the back of the vehicle. She also allegedly licked his car window and punched Michael in the face.

The alleged incident was captured on video, according to the insider.

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Drita D'Avanzo

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The Mob Wives star and her husband, Lee, were arrested Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Staten Island, New York after police allegedly found illegal drugs and weapons in their home, PEOPLE confirmed. Police allegedly found two loaded guns, approximately 120 pills of hydrocodone, 22 Xanax pills and marijuana.

PEOPLE confirmed that they have each been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and acting in a manner injurious to a child. A source told PEOPLE that the couple's daughter was home at the time of the arrest.

According to ABC 7, the arrests came after the NYPD received tips from the community. The couple will appear in court on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, reports.

The D'Avanzos will be arraigned in Staten Island Criminal Court. They have not yet entered a plea, and PEOPLE is unable to find an attorney authorized to speak on their behalf.

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Christopher Dionne

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The former host of an HGTV home remodeling pilot was sentenced to three years in jail for molesting a 10-year-old girl in his Connecticut home, PEOPLE can confirm. Dionne molested the girl twice, several hours apart, the child said while Dionne's then-14-year-old son and then-10-year-old daughter were in the same room sleeping.

According to the arrest warrant application obtained by PEOPLE, Dionne's victim said he touched her inappropriately while she was at a birthday sleepover at his house in November 2017 - waking her up around 1:30 a.m. by placing his hand against her buttocks under her pajamas as she laid on her belly. She said he later reached his hand under her bra and jiggled her chest, even allegedly taking a photo of her on his phone.

During the trial, the victim testified that she was best friends with the Dionne's daughter at the time of the assault.

The former reality star's sentence was passed down on December 11, 2019 at the New London Superior Court, according to court documents. Dionne was sentenced to seven years in prison - which will be suspended after three years served - and 10 years of probation following his release, the documents read. He will be required to register as a sexual offender, The Day of New London reported, and also adhere to a criminal protective order that prohibits him from contacting the victim for the remainder of his life.

Dionne's show, Family Flip, ran for one episode back in 2015.

In a previous statement to PEOPLE, an HGTV spokesperson said, "The individual referenced appeared in a pilot that premiered on our network in 2015. The pilot was not picked up for series."

Dionne is currently incarcerated at Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center.

According to The Day of New London, Dionne maintains his innocence while the victim's family has filed a civil lawsuit against him.

Legal representation for Dionne did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

If you suspect child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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Todd and Julie Chrisley


The Chrisley Knows Best stars pled not guilty on Aug. 14, 2019, hours after turning themselves in for indictments of tax evasion, wire fraud and conspiracy bank fraud. Prosecutors also claim the Chrisleys used their production company, 7 C Production, to hide their reality TV income from the IRS, and allege that Todd directed an employee to falsify income and asset documents.

According to WSBTV Atlanta, the couple walked into the courtroom "shackled," but walked out "vowing to fight." A judge set an unsecured bond of $100,000 each with travel restrictions. (Todd and Julie are allowed to visit California to tape their reality show as long as they notify probation officers.)

"We stand in our faith, and we stand in what we know is right. We are fortunate to have the counsel that we have and our family will stick together, and we'll walk this road because we know that the good Lord will hold our hand and take us through," Todd told local reporters.

The night prior to the indictment, Todd shared a lengthy Instagram statement denying any wrongdoing on behalf of himself and his wife. Instead, he pointed blame at an unidentified ex-employee who he claimed had stolen from his family, created "phony documents" and forged signatures years ago.

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Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino

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The Jersey Shore star and his brother Marc were indicted in September 2014 for tax offenses and conspiring to defraud the United States after allegedly failing to properly pay taxes on $8.9 million in income from 2010 to 2012. In April 2017, both men were indicted on additional charges including tax evasion, structuring and falsifying records.

Sorrentino pled guilty to one count of tax evasion in January 2018, and his brother Marc pled guilty to one count of aiding in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return.

In October 2018, Sorrentino was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years of supervised release, and Marc was sentenced to two years behind bars.

Sorrentino was also ordered to complete 500 hours of community service and was given $123,913 in restitution, which he has already paid, plus a fine of $10,000.

After reporting to the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, on Jan. 15, 2019, the star received thousands of letters from fans and visits from his wife Lauren Pesce and castmates Pauly "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio and Vinny Guadagnino.

Then on Sept. 12, 2019, Sorrentino walked out of the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution a free man.

"We are elated to finally close this chapter of our life. Thank you to our family, friends and fans for the continuous love and support during this time, it brought us so much peace and comfort," Sorrentino told PEOPLE in a statement. "We look forward to continuing our life as husband and wife and working on baby situations!"

"We truly believe that the comeback is ALWAYS greater than the setback and we can't wait to show the world ours."

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Amber Portwood

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The Teen Mom OG was charged with domestic battery on July 5, 2019, after the star allegedly assaulted her boyfriend Andrew Glennon while he was holding their then-1-year-old child.

"Just after 3:00 a.m., on 7.5.2019, officers were called to [address] reference a disturbance. Officers spoke to the male victim who stated his live-in-girlfriend and he were having a disagreement," a spokesperson from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told PEOPLE in a statement. "During which time the female, later identified as Amber Portwood, assaulted him, while he was holding their one-year-old child. Officers spoke to Amber Portwood at the scene. She was subsequently arrested for her alleged actions in this incident."

Days later, it was alleged that Portwood had taken a "handful of Klonopin and tossed it back like it was nothing" and used a machete to breakdown the door of their home office, where Glennon locked himself and their son in during the dispute.

Portwood has not yet entered a plea, while Glennon has filed for sole custody of their child since the incident.

Portwood welcomed son James with Glennon on May 8, 2018. She also shares daughter Leah with ex Gary Shirley.

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Amanda Stanton


The Bachelor Nation sweetheart was arrested in Las Vegas on one count of domestic violence against her then-boyfriend Bobby Jacobs in September 2018.

Stanton was in Las Vegas for a friend's bachelorette party when the alleged incident occurred. At approximately 3:15 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2018, police responded to a battery domestic violence call at a hotel located on the 3100 block of S. Las Vegas Blvd., according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

A physical altercation took place in a hotel room where it was alleged that the reality star battered her then-boyfriend Jacobs, according to authorities. Stanton entered a plea of not guilty one month after her arrest. In December 2018, her case was dismissed.

Stanton detailed the incident in her new memoir, Now Accepting Roses, writing, "I never in my life expected myself to be in a situation like this. To this day, I am still devastated and confused by what happened that night. So is everyone who knows me."

Stanton and Jacobs eventually split in April 2019. The star said that she was "blindsided" by the breakup in a series of Instagram videos afterward, and admitted, "I thought we were going to get engaged."

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Abby Lee Miller

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In October 2015, Miller was charged with attempting to hide $775,000 of income from her show Dance Moms and other spin-off projects during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Miller, who allegedly hid the money in secret bank accounts between 2012 and 2013, pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud in June 2016. She was also accused of divvying up $120,000 and having her friends carry the money in plastic bags in their luggage in August 2014, funds she promised to forfeit in January.

In May 2017, Miller received a sentence of one year and one day in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release. She was additionally fined $40,000 and ordered to pay the $120,000 judgment, as well as give a DNA sample relating to her felony charge.

She reported to the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California to begin her sentence in July 2017 and was released and transferred to the Residential Reentry Center in Long Beach after eight months.

Since then, Miller was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, and has continued to film and appear in Dance Moms season 8 and spin-off, Dance Moms Resurrection.

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Gina Kirschenheiter

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Gina and Matt Kirschenheiter. Gina Kirschenheiter/Instagram

The Real Housewives of Orange County star was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, PEOPLE confirmed on Feb. 1, 2019. The Long Island native was released from jail at noon later that day. On RHOC, she called being behind bars "the worst part."

"It's so scary," Kirschenheiter said. "The cells, they're clear walls. And the first thing that I [saw] when I walk in [was] this man with his hands cupped behind his back, smashing his face against the glass. Over and over and over again. I [didn't] know if I was going to be in a cell with other crazy men like that. You just don't know!"

Kirschenheiter took another hit when she learned that a warrant for her arrest had been issued because she failed to appear in court for a hearing related to her DUI arrest. News about the warrant broke in late April. As PEOPLE reported at the time, Gina's former lawyer had filed a motion to move her court date to May but allegedly made an error with the filing. Kirschenheiter has since retained new counsel, who rectified the bureaucratic misfiling the situation. She's now being represented by Michael Fell and her new arraignment was scheduled for April 16, 2019.

Kirschenheiter's estranged husband Matt has also run into trouble with the law. On Sept. 4, 2019, Matt was charged by the Orange County District Attorney's Office with domestic violence and false imprisonment of Kirschenheiter earlier this summer, TMZ reported.

According to documents obtained by the outlet, Matt allegedly "inflicted corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition" upon Gina during his June 22, 2019, arrest.

PEOPLE reached out to the O.C. D.A.'s Office.

When contacted by PEOPLE, Kirschenheiter had no comment, while Matt did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Sept. 6, 2019, The Blast reported that Matt was in Orange County Court over two felony charges (corporal injury - on spouse/cohabitant and false imprisionment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit) and entered a plea of not guilty. He was scheduled to be back in court on October 8, 2019.

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Apollo Nida

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Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Park's ex-husband Nida was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service on June 13, 2019, after being released from prison eight days earlier.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service told PEOPLE that Nida was brought back into custody because he violated a technical condition of his release, though it's unclear what the violation was.

PEOPLE reached out to Nida's lawyer for comment.

Nida was arrested in January 2014 and later pleaded guilty to bank fraud and identity theft.

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Khloé Kardashian

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If you've been Keeping Up with this Kardashian, you'll remember the time Khloé was sentenced to up to 30 days in Los Angeles County jail for violating probation following a DUI arrest.

"She admitted to failing to complete [roadside cleanup duty] and enroll in an alcohol education class," L.A. City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan told PEOPLE in 2008.

Kardashian was arrested for DUI in March 2007, and was sentenced to three years probation. Kardashian only served three hours of her 30-day sentence due to overcrowding.

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Jason Wahler

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During the July 1, 2019, episode of The Hills: New Beginnings, Wahler revealed that he had been arrested 18 times.

"I was a womanizing alcoholic. [Ages] 18 to 23, I went to 12 different treatment centers from Florida to Hawaii. I was arrested 18 times. Over the last 10 years, my life's totally made a complete 180," he said during the episode.

His arrests include drunk driving in Newport Beach, California, and fighting at a nightclub in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in 2010, assault and a related drinking charge in Yakima County, Washington, in 2009, assault, criminal trespassing and underage drinking in Seattle in 2007 and more.

Today, the star has been focused on recovery and has dedicated his life to raising awareness about addiction, according to his website. He's also a married father of one.

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Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi
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The now-mom of three used to party hard down the shore but one incident at the beach landed her a disorderly conduct charge for being too intoxicated in public.

Polizzi was booked by the Seaside Heights, New Jersey, police department in 2010, all while the cameras were still rolling for her show, Jersey Shore.

"She didn't hurt anyone or get in a fight," a source said of the incident. "She just needs to be in a drunk tank for two hours."

A rep for the show declined to comment at the time of her arrest.

Eventually, her charges were dropped, but she had to pay a $500 fine and complete two days of community service, according to CBS News.

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Blac Chyna

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The former Rob & Chyna star was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance during a layover at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in 2016.

Police officials confirmed to PEOPLE that Chyna, whose birth name is Angela Renée White, was escorted off her commercial plane and placed in handcuffs.

"At 6:22pm Airport Officers were informed that there was an intoxicated female on a flight that was about to depart ABIA and she was causing a disturbance and would not be allowed to remain on the plane," an official said.

An eyewitness told TMZ that the star appeared "heavily intoxicated" on the plane and was belligerent with flight attendants.

Her arrest came just days after news broke that she was dating Rob Kardashian, with whom she now shares daughter Dream.

By January 2017, her case was dismissed, according to US Weekly and TMZ, who first reported the news. The charges were dropped because of her good behavior, but it is unclear what classes she took to earn the dismissal.

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Teresa & Joe Giudice

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Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa and Joe were both indicted on federal fraud charges on July 29, 2013. They were charged in a 39-count indictment that included conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.

On Oct. 2, 2014, in addition to probation and fines, Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in prison for fraud, while Joe was sentenced to 41 months. Teresa served her time in 2015.

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