There was no Fed raid on The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa and Joe Giudice’s home, says Giudice’s reps, Feds and Sheriff’s offices

11:00 PM EST 12/19/2014 by Kara Michelle, Celebeat Reporter

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The reports likely all originating from the blog All About the Tea and the gossip site Radar Online that a government-sanctioned raid has been carried out Monday on Joe and Teresa Giudice's multimillion-dollar mansion in Montville are simply not true according to representatives of both the Giudices as well as spokespersons for the concerned government agencies.

Miles Feinstein, Joe Giudice's attorney, tells US Weekly: "I checked with Joe and he said there was no FBI raid. I also checked with the government and they said it didn't happen."

Matt Reilly, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of New Jersey, told the Huffington Post: "We didn't undertake any action like that. There seems to be a lot of specific detail in [the All About the Tea and Radar Online articles]. If there was going to be something like that, our office would be involved. It just didn't happen."

A Morris County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman told no deputies were involved in a raid at the Giudice's home. James J. Leonard, a lawyerfor The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice, also told the site that the purported raid is "a completely fabrication," adding that his clientis "complying 100 percent" with the U.S. Attorney's Office to satisfy the restitution. Said he: "I can tell you with absolute certainty there was no raid and there was no assets seized. Santa Claus coming down the chimney is more believable than the raid story."

Last March, Teresa and Joe Giudice entered a guilty plea to 41 counts of fraud, following a deal struck with federal prosecutors over accusations of engaging in bank, mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in a federal prison while Joe received a 41-month sentence to be followed by a potential deportation to his native country of Italy. The court also ordered the Giudice couple to pay $414,000 in restitution. Joe and Teresa were allowed to serve their sentences separately so that one parent may be able to stay with their children.

Teresa will begin serving her sentence first, which is scheduled on January 5, 2015.

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