Joe Giudice Deported: 'RHONJ' Star's Deportation 'Imminent,' Says Judge [VIDEO]

12:55 AM EDT 10/3/2014 by Lindsay Cronin, Celebeat Reporter

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Joe Giudice will reportedly be forced to return to Italy after his wife, Teresa, finishes serving her 15-month prison term.

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On Thursday, the Giudices received their sentences for charges of fraud, and in addition to Joe's 41 months and Teresa's 15 months, Joe has learned he will likely be sent back to Italy in 2016.

"Judge Esther Salas said Joe Giudice’s deportation is imminent," RumorFix reported on Oct. 2.

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On Jan. 5, Teresa will turn herself in to begin serving her 15-month term for bankruptcy and wire fraud. Once her sentence is complete, Joe will begin his. However, since he never became a U.S. citizen, he is expected to serve his time in his home country of Italy.

During sentencing, Judge Salas made it clear that she didn't want the couple's four daughters, Gia, 13, Gabriella, 9, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 5, to be without both parents at the same time. So, instead of having them serve their time simultaneously, she allowed Teresa to serve hers first.

Following Teresa's term, immigration will investigate Joe's status in the U.S. and determine whether or not he should be deported.

"The judge ordered immigration authorities to hold off on any deportation proceedings until Teresa is out of prison to take care of their four children," Rumorfix explained.

If Joe does get deported, it is unclear what Teresa will do. Although many would assume she'd return to Italy with him, her businesses and career are in U.S.-based. Plus, for the first 41 months he is in Italy, Joe will be doing time.

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