CELEBRITY TAX EVASIONS The Missing Tax Returns From ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’
Readers can find the often-tumultuous lives of various TV stars constantly plastered across the tops of newspapers and magazines, but given the nature of reality TV, stars’ lack of privacy isn’t all that surprisingly. In the last decade, one particular celebrity couple has made their fair share of headlines. Despite the old Hollywood saying that “no press is bad press,” Joe and Teresa Giudice, stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” might feel differently. The couple had just squared away the recent foreclosure threat on their Montville Township mansion when the IRS slapped them with a tax lien of $555,563. The lien was filed through the Morris County Clerk’s office on Oct. 21, 2018, and it revealed that the couple hadn’t paid their tax bills for nine years between 2000 and 2013. Unfortunately for Joe and Teresa, this run-in with the IRS wasn't their first.
to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud in a 39-count indictment. The indictment also charged Joe with failure to file tax returns for the years 2004–2008, during which he allegedly earned nearly $1 million. Both Joe and Teresa initially pleaded not guilty in federal court to financial fraud charges, but on March 4, 2014, they entered a guilty plea to 41 counts of fraud, following a deal struck with federal prosecutors. Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in a federal prison; Joe was sentenced to 41 months, followed by potential deportation to Italy. While Joe will start his sentence next year, Teresa has been in prison since January. Since then, she has inked a deal for a tell-all memoir that is set to be released four days after her prison sentence formally ends in February 2019. The TV network Bravo also recently
aired a three-part “Real Housewives” special called “Teresa Checks In.” According to an agreement with the U.S. Attorney, Teresa will allow the government to garnish 25 percent of her wages from Bravo to help pay restitution to Wells Fargo. The Giudices’ crazy story just goes to show that even the most popular of celebrities can’t hide from the IRS.
On July 29, 2013, the Giudices were charged with conspiracy
SPICY, CREAMY SWEET POTATOES
Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, but they’re often the blandest thing on the table. Luckily that’s not the case with this recipe, which features Thai spices and coconut milk.
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5 pounds sweet potatoes 1 cup canned coconut milk
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1/2 cup dark brown sugar 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1. Heat oven to 375 F. On a large sheet pan, bake potatoes until very soft, approximately 75 minutes. 2. Let potatoes cool until they are safe to handle, then peel and mash. 3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk and curry paste. Once mixed, add the mixture, salt, half the sugar, and half the butter to potatoes. 4. 30 minutes before serving, heat oven to 425 F. Spread potatoes in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover potatoes and dot with remaining butter and sugar. Broil until brown, crusty, and delicious. Serve hot.
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