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'Real Housewives' star wavers on taking plea deal

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 PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — One of the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars convicted of bankruptcy fraud this month is apparently having second thoughts about rejecting a plea bargain in an unrelated case.

 
A lawyer for Joe Giudice (JOO'-dice) announced in court Wednesday that his client was turning down the deal that would have resolved false identification charges.
 
But when questioned by the judge about the decision, Giudice appeared to waver, and the hearing was put on hold while Giudice conferred with his lawyer.
 
The false identification charged was brought after Giudice allegedly used his brother's identity to obtain a driver's license while his own license was suspended for driving while intoxicated in 2010.
 
Giudice was sentenced to 41 months in prison on the federal bankruptcy fraud charges while his wife, Teresa, was sentenced to 15 months.
 
The plea bargain called for him to serve an 18-month sentence that would have run concurrently with his federal sentence.

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