Was Teresa Giudice Post-Bankruptcy Shopping Spree Illegal?Mara Siegler
Last week the Giudices appeared in court to try and stop the auction of their things. During the hearing it came to light that Teresa spent $60,000 just days after filing for bankruptcy. It’s delusional yes, twisted yes, but is it even legal?
The Giudices filed for bankruptcy back in October 2009, citing $11 million dollars in the hole (insert sound of hand slapping forehead) which included $104,000 in credit card debt, $91,000 for materials to build their marble castle, and $5.8 million for various “business investments,” which I would like to believe included an idiot tax of at least $3 million.
Teresa clearly has a spending problem and may well be addicted to shopping, but you would think filing for Chapter 9 would knock some sense into her. Not so. She celebrated her brokeness by buying the following:
-$8,800 for curtains
-$45,000 on wall hangings, mirrors, frames, tables, urns and chairs.
So is this legal? They just said they don’t have the money to pay off their credit cards, but they have enough for The World’s Most Expensive Curtains. What?
Surprisingly, this is alright with the law. The federal bankruptcy judge appointed to the case said, “It’s not for this court to tell people how to spend their money” earned after bankruptcy. The Giudices lawyer, Jim Kridel, told People, “That was the money she earned as an advance for her book Skinny Italian. Since she earned it after the filing, she was absolutely free to spend it. If she put it in the bank, they’d say, Why don’t you pay your creditors,’ and the trustee might freeze the assets while he investigates whether she can spend it or not.”