Teresa Giudice: From Housewife to the Big House in 5 Clicks

After gaining TV fame and building a lifestyle empire, the reality star now faces 15 months in prison on fraud charges

  • 1. JUST A JERSEY GIRL photo | Teresa Giudice

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Updated: Friday Oct 03, 2014 | 11:00 AM EDT By: K.C. Blumm

1. JUST A JERSEY GIRL

When viewers first met Teresa Giudice on The Real Housewives of New Jersey in March 2009, she was described as Dina and Caroline Manzo's friend who loved to shop, get spa treatments and spend time at the Jersey Shore with her three young daughters and husband, Joe, who owned a successful construction business. They lived in a brand-new, $1.7 million 10,000-sq.-ft. mansion, and the pregnant mom soon gained a reputation as a big spender (dropping more than $120,000 on furniture for a single room). But that October, the couple filed for bankruptcy, claiming they were a staggering $10.98 million in debt.