‘RHONJ:’ Joe Giudice Loses Final Deportation Appeal; He’ll Remain In Italy

The legal drama for Joe and Teresa Giudice has come to a sad end. After both serving prison sentences for bank and wire fraud, Joe was deported to Italy. He appealed the decision three times, with media reports circulating that his final appeal has been denied and he is forced to remain in his native country of Italy. This comes on the heels of his divorce announcement at the end of last year. 

Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice
Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Why Joe Giudice was deported to Italy

Joe’s legal troubles began shortly after RHONJ began. Teresa and Joe were both accused of exaggerating their income in loan applications dating back to 2009. The couple filed for bankruptcy and were accused of hiding their increased assets. Joe was also accused of failing to file tax returns for several years. Teresa denied knowing of any wrongdoing, which Joe corroborated. 

Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice
Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice 2013 | Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Both were convicted of fraud in 2014 and soon sentenced to separate jail sentences so that one parent would always be present to care for their four daughters. Teresa completed her sentence first, spending a little over a year behind bars. A few months after returning home, Joe began his sentence.

Despite being in the U.S. since he was one-year-old, Joe never filed paperwork to become a citizen. Instead of immediately returning to Italy, Joe was transferred to ICE custody while he awaited the decision of his appeal but the conditions in the facility proved too much to bear. He requested to be sent to Italy until a verdict was reached and was granted his wish. 

Joe Giudice loses his deportation appeal to return to the U.S.

Joe was attempting to appeal the court’s previous deportation ruling but unfortunately, he lost. The Blast reported that on Apr. 29, his final attempt at returning to the U.S. was shut down by the United States Court of Appeal. The media outlet notes that the order read in part:

Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice
Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice 2013 | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

This cause came to be considered on a petition for review from the Board of Immigration Appeals and was submitted on November 21, 2019. On consideration whereof, it is now hereby ORDERED and ADJUDGED by this Court that the petition for review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals entered on April 11, 2019, is DENIED. All of the above in accordance with the opinion of this Court.

Joe spent 41 months behind bars for his crimes and part of his sentence was that he was deported to his native country of Italy. 

After his release, he lived with a family where he also obtained employment. He recently revealed that he moved into his own home and began renovation on a property owned by his father-in-law.

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His estranged wife and daughters have visited him since he was released from ICE custody. Their first visit was captured on Bravo cameras and aired on the season 10 finale of RHONJ. 

Teresa announced that she was pulling the plug on their marriage after 20 years in Dec. 2019. She recently confirmed that she has filed the divorce paperwork.