Joe Giudice is facing deportation upon his release from prison after serving a 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud
Joe Giudice, 48, is serving a 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud that began in March 2016. His Real Housewives of New Jersey star wife served a little over 11 months in prison herself for the same crimes and was released on Dec. 23, 2015.
In October, an immigration court ruled to deport Joe to his native Italy after his prison sentence. (Even though he has lived in the United States since he was a child, he never obtained American citizenship, and immigrants can be deported if they are convicted of “a crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony,” according to U.S. law.)
Joe’s appeal is pending. And while he was expected to be released on Thursday, it’s unclear whether he will remain behind bars for an “unknown” amount of time until a decision on his deportation is made, as Page Six reported, or whether he will be released as scheduled, as Gorga now claims.
“He was supposed to get out [March] 14,” Gorga said. “He is getting out, but ICE is picking him up.”
Gorga also said that if Joe does get deported, Teresa and their four daughters won’t be joining him.
“If he goes to Italy, they’re not going,” he said.
As for whether his sister is prepared for a divorce?
“I mean, she has no choice,” Gorga said. “She has to be prepared. What is she going to do?”
Teresa confirmed on this month’s RHONJ season 9 reunion that she and Joe would go their separate ways if he is deported.
“I’m not doing a long distance relationship. I’m not doing it,” she said. “I want somebody with me every day. I know exactly what happens — I’m sure he’ll be with other women. It happens. You do the long-distance thing, it’s not going to work. I’d be like, ‘Bye-bye.’”
Teresa also said that moving to Italy with their four daughters just isn’t in the cards.
“Unless my kids say, ‘Mommy, we want to move to Italy,’ [we] are not going,” she said. “Gia’s going to college next year; I haven’t spoken to Milania or Audriana about it, we haven’t gotten there yet; and Gabriella already voiced her opinion to me. She was like, ‘That would be so hard for me, Mommy.’ She doesn’t speak the language. She’s like, ‘That would kill me even more.’”
“It’s like starting a whole new life,” she added. “And they’ve been through so much already.”
The Bravo star has since been spotted without her wedding ring. However, her attorney has insisted everything is fine with the Giudices.
“There is no cheating, no divorce,” lawyer James Leonard Jr. told PEOPLE last month. “End of story.”