Teresa and Joe Giudice were sentenced Thursday, October 2, 2014. The couple was convicted of wire and bankruptcy fraud. Teresa was sentenced to prison for 15 months and Joe was sentenced to 41 months followed by a potential deportation to Italy. He was also ordered to pay $414,000 in restitution.
Teresa pleaded to the judge for house arrest, instead of time behind bars, so she could care for her children. Instead the judge was lenient and staggered their sentences. Teresa will begin serving her sentence January 5, 2015. Once she has completed her sentence, Joe will begin his.
Before sentencing Teresa begged the judge for leniency. Teresa said she didn’t care about handbags, which was in reference to a photograph taken last month. Tabloid magazines featured Teresa on their covers, carrying a new expensive handbag. The magazines ridiculed the Jersey housewife’s bankruptcy situation and suggested that she did not take the charges seriously. The judge didn’t buy it saying, “I need to send a message. In the eyes of the law it doesn’t matter who you are. There are consequences to pay.”
The conspiracy has unraveled throughout this year. On March 4, 2014, Teresa and Joe entered a guilty plea to 41 counts of fraud, following a deal struck with federal prosecutors. The couple was accused of engaging in bank, mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. The net amount has not been confirmed or denied, but reportedly the couple received over $5 million over a 10-year period.
Cheesy Christian video games could become faint memory if the “Tornado Twins” reach their goals.
In two weeks identical twins Ruben and Efraim Meulenberg raised half the funds they needed to create the first episodes of the “The Game Bible Series” through a Kickstarter campaign. The 52-episodes will be “a game-changer for families and gamers,” said Pastor Rick Warren and his wife Kay.
“The Game Bible is an incredible way to experience the stories of the Bible.”
The series will allow players to play through the entire Bible from Adam to Jesus without blood or gore in a “side-scroller format,” said the creators who raised $26,110 of the $35,000 needed for the first three episodes. Over $300,000 would be needed to cover the episodes of David and his rise to become the King of Israel. They have until Nov. 1 to raise the all the funds to complete all 10 episodes.
Ruben Meulenberg invited experts from high-level games for guidence.
“To ensure a high level of gameplay, several experts who have been involved in the making of ‘Assassins Creed PSP’, ‘Stargate PSP’ and the ‘Lego’ games have weighed in on this project.”
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Sources are confirming that Mila Kunis delivered a baby girl Tuesday night at Cedars Sinai. Kunis and her fiance Ashton Kutcher arrived at the hospital around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. The couple remained low key and were not accompanied by anyone else.
Kunis and Kutcher have remained very private about their relationship. Here is a clip of Ellen trying to get Kunis to dish it out about her beau.
The couple first met on the set of That 70s Show and remained friends after the show ended. But it wasn’t until several years later when cupid finally struck his arrow.
Have you ever wondered how yoga came to the West? The new feature documentary AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda examines the life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. The Indian Swami brought meditation and yoga in the 1920s, authored Autobiography of a Yogi, selling millions of copies and capturing the love of celebrities like Russell Simmons.
Why have his teachings resonated? They encouraged selflessness, disengaging with the world, and asked for unity.
The film examines yoga from the ancient to the present. Packed with interviews, taking viewers on holy pilgrimages in India, this unique experience should be on all yogis’ radars.
Director and CounterPoint Films founder Paola di Florio said felt compelled to tell Yogananda’s journey.
“It seemed that modern science was finally catching up with the ancient yogis of the Indus Valley. And it couldn’t have come a moment too soon. Given the destructive potential of the Atomic age, Yogananda realized it was high time for the masses to embrace these teachings of brotherhood and understanding… how we all emerge from a common ocean of consciousness. The more I read Yogananda’s writings, the more I knew I needed to make this film. And, in doing so, the lines between science and spirituality began to blur.”
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