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Teresa Giudice Speaks for the First Time Since Being Sentenced: It's Time for Me to Wake Up
By SP_COP on October 07, 2014 | From www.people.com
Teresa Giudice Speaks for the First Time Since Being Sentenced: It's Time for Me to Wake Up In her first interview since being sentenced to 15 months in prison for fraud, Teresa Giudice stated that while she was "not trying to keep up with the Joneses," it was time for her "to wake up."

"I do need to read things [and] understand things before I sign them," Giudice said Monday night on a special Watch What Happens Live in which she and her husband, Joe – who was sentenced to 41 months in jail – were interviewed by Andy Cohen.

"I'm a trustworthy person and sometimes I take what other people say … I can't do that anymore."

Continued the mother of four, who stated she was scared and depressed: "I gotta make sure I fully understand something or fully read it or find a lawyer – like a contract lawyer – that can help me because I don't read contracts everyday, so I wanna get better at that."

Joe Giudice called his sentence "devastating," and said, "I actually felt like I got hit in the back of the neck with a bat."

In her sentencing of the Giudices, Judge Esther Salas said she needed to send a message and that she was bothered by the couple's "lack of transparency," saying, "that's what offends the court."

When Cohen asked Teresa how it was possible for such omissions – which likely led to her stronger sentence – to occur with such a large legal team surrounding her, she offered no clear explanation.

"I was shocked. Believe me, whatever I needed to do I would do," Teresa responded, adding that she "didn't talk to my attorneys" after the judge had made her decision. "I just left court … It was done."

Cohen pressed Teresa, asking her what role she played in the fraud and if she was aware of what was occurring.

"Whatever Joe told me to sign, I signed," she said.

Joe admitted to Cohen that he was "taking out false loans" and that he used his wife because "she had better credit."

But the reality star, famed for her over-the-top makeup, gowns and hair, who once stated she would never live in someone else's home and recently carried a $3,000 purse on the show, insisted she "was not trying to keep up with the Joneses."

"I work on the Housewives. I get paid if I wanna go buy something … I'm not trying to keep up with the Joneses. I'm not trying to spend money that I don’t have."...
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