Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice appeared in federal court Tuesday morning, hand-in-hand, ready to face authority.
However, for the two stars of Bravo's Real Housewives of New Jersey, their appearance did not come and go without some conflict. E! News reports the couple was accompanied by Joe Giudice's mother, who was "cussing at camera crews that swarmed around them." The media outlet adds, "At one point, Teresa's hubby even slapped a photographer's camera, prompting a warning from his attorney not to do that."
The couple walked in and out of the Newark, N.J.-based federal courthouse, released on a $500,000 unsecured appearance bond each.
The two were asked to surrender their passports. Neither couple is allowed to travel outside New Jersey and New York. If convicted, Joe Giudice could be deported to Italy. It turns out he is not a U.S. citizen.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman told the media after the hearing that a plea deal has yet to be discussed.
The couple was charged Monday in a 39-count indictment with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.
Feds also say that Joe Giudice failed to file tax returns from 2004-2008, a period during which he earned close to $1 million income.
Fishman said in a statement Monday, “Everyone has an obligation to tell the truth when dealing with the courts, paying their taxes and applying for loans or mortgages. That’s reality.”
In response to the charges, Teresa Giudice released a statement Monday afternoon in which she shared, "Today is a most difficult day for our family. I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me. I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the Government as quickly as possible."
Her lawyer Henry Klingeman said Tuesday that the government is prosecuting his client because she is a celebrity. He asserted that feds like to target "high-profile" residents to attract attention.
Teresa Giudice has used her fame from the "Real Housewives" franchise to promote her brand, which includes a specialty food line called "Skinny Italian." The two, known for their aggressive behavior against friends and family members on the show, are equally-recognized for their lavish lifestyles. Ironically, when the show ran its first season, Giudice's favorite phrase was "Happy wife, happy life" - something she said with an air kiss and smile.
Both Joe and Teresa's attorneys say they will plead not guilty. Both face hundreds of years behind bars and millions of dollars in fines if convicted. However, federal sentencing guidelines would restrict and reduce penalties, said Fishman to reporters Tuesday.
Their arraignment hearing will take place Aug. 14.
Bravo has yet to comment on the matter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.