The original story is from Radar Online. My addition to the story is in bold.
Flashy New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice may take the phrase “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” to a whole new level — but she claims it’s all fake! (Like everything else about this woman)
According to a transcript obtained byRadarOnline.com of a Chapter 7 hearing in February 2010, Teresa said all of her jewelry was stolen and other than her wedding band, she only wears fake jewelry. (Omg insurance fraud! You know she still has all of that “stolen” jewelry!)
“My jewelry got stolen a couple years ago at our house in Lincoln Park…we had a break-in. So unfortunately, a lot of – all my jewelry got stolen there. (She’s already getting her story messed up. She can’t decide if she should say “a lot of it” or “all of it”.)
“It’s all costume jewelry… and if you look at what I wear, it’s all costume jewelry,” she stated to the trustee attorney questioning her during the hearing. (I’m sure a lot of what she wears is fake erm, uh, I mean – faux just like everything in her house turned out to be -even the chess set was faux marble, that’s just sad- But I definitely don’t think everything is fake. I wonder if there are forensic jewelers who can watch the video footage and determine if the jewelry is real or not?)
“You had a claim here much greater. It was like 120,000,” the trustee lawyer probed.
(“20k…120k… who can remember these things? All these numbers – it’s confusing.”)
“Well, I mean, you know, when you get estimates from jewelers, they always put it for more than what it is,” Teresa said. (Ya, when the jeweler is your friend and you are paying him cash under the table to help you commit insurance fraud – of course he’s going to make the estimate more than what it is. But you aren’t supposed to tell the court that Teresa! Wow. If you are gonna be a criminal at least try to be good at it.)
So what jewelry does Joe own? He claims “the chain around my neck” and no other jewelry. “I actually had a watch and just lost it the other day,” he stated in the transcript. (The chain around his neck and that’s it? What about the giant gold cross we saw hanging from that chain in the finale episode?)
It couldn’t have been that important because Joe didn’t even remember what kind of watch it was, even though he owned it for 20 years.
“I think it was an Esquire or something – I don’t even know.” (You own a watch for 20 years and as soon as the government wants to take it away, suddenly you lost it and don’t know what kind of watch it was anyway? Totally believable story. Don’t know why people doubt their honesty. No clue.)
The trustee attorney questioned if he was telling the truth: “You seem to take this with great levity…you have to be more serious about this. Your petition lists a gold necklace and a gold cross. Do you own – do you still have that?” Joe then answered “yes.” (What happened to “the chain and that’s it”?? He buckles pretty fast under scrutiny. Wonder if his “business associates” are reading this and getting a little nervous?) When grilled about his wedding band, Joe admitted he still owns that as well. (Would that be the “$400” wedding band, the wedding band he “lost”, or the real wedding band? There are so many stories I’m getting confused.)
According to the transcript, the Giudices filed W-2 forms indicating they made $598,000 in 2007 and $575,000 in 2008. They also listed income of $3250 a month “doing odd jobs here and there, little stucco jobs and renovations” (“A pair of cement shoes here, a false bottom casket there, a little stucco over the bullet holes, a little renovating of people’s faces when they don’t pay up. Ya know, just run-a-da-mill odd jobs.”) and $5000 monthly assistance from his father. “Whenever I need it, I ask him,” Joe said of his father’s contributions. (Whenever he needs to get to the pile of cash his dad to hides for him, he just asks him for it. Whats da big deal?)
The attorney also grilled the Giudices on their claim that they only had $1000 in the bank when they filed their petition for bankruptcy in December 2009.
“You didn’t have thousands of dollars or hundreds of dollars?” the trustee lawyer asked. Joe answered: “Maybe a few hundred, I don’t know.”
(Why would they have money in the bank when they are trying to hide it from the government? Obviously whatever isn’t under his father’s mattress is hidden in Jacqueline’s walk-in safe. Duh.)
Also, when asked about their home furnishings, the couple claimed “they’re used.” (Show me the tapes! – à la Jill Zarin)
People! Listen to me now: if you are a criminal you cannot be on a reality show (unless that show is Cops.) You can’t lie to the courts and then splash the truth all over TV and expect no one to notice.
Bottom line, I know this testimony is bullshit. You know it’s bullshit. But the question is, can anyone actually prove it in a court of law? This testimony was from February, so I guess we’ll see what happens. (Notice I didn’t say “watch what happens”?) All I can say is that they are lucky they are in bankruptcy court with a judge and not in criminal court with a jury.