- (Photo: Twitter/Teresa Giudice)
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giuidce is facing a 39 count federal indictment related to charges of fraud and tax evasion, but the reality starlet is thought to have solicited fans for donations in order to pay for her legal defense.
"Her supporters and millions of fans around the world strongly believe Teresa will be vindicated soon and are seeking donations for the reality TV star, who has four young children," a press release about the event states.
"The group is dedicated to helping Teresa stay out of prison and also help pay any fines or other restitution that Teresa and Joe are ordered to pay."
The Real Housewives of New Jersey made an appearance at the Malibu Beach Resort on Thursday night to meet fans who were there to offer their support. There has been no word yet as to the amount of donations that were received.
Yet, soon after the event Giudice posted a message on Twitter insisting she was not soliciting donations.
"Tonight's appearance at Maliblue is just a meet & greet w/ fans. I just heard that some of the workers there wanted to support me, and that is very sweet & I appreciate it, but if anyone wants to support me, please do it by donating to a charity I love: @NephCure. Xx," the reality star wrote.
The reality couple has been accused of exaggerating income when applying for loans and not disclosing full income amounts when applying for bankruptcy after they appeared on the "Real Housewives" reality show in 2009. Both husband, 43, and wife, 41, face a 39-count indictment according to reports.
In 2009 the couple filed for bankruptcy claiming over $10 million worth of debt. In an interview just after the filing, Teresa Giudice said on "The View" that she and her husband had run into trouble because tenants living in homes rented out by her husband had failed to pay rent in a downturned economy. The indictment includes conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.