Yesterday, Forbes magazine published a very interesting story about the upcoming prison sentence of Joe Giudice. When Joe was first charged, I really never believed he would be deported to Italy after serving his 41 month sentence at Fort Dix FCI. After some more research and particularly after reading this story, I am starting to realize it is a very real possibility and perhaps even more likely than not.
Guest contributor to Forbes and white collar crime expert, Walter Pavlo
The harrowing story of Adrian Scott-Jones, a British citizen and longtime Lawful Permanent Resident of the U.S., should serve as a cautionary tale for what could happen to Joe Giudice and other non-U.S. citizens who are convicted of non-violent, white-collar crimes. On January 3, 2013, Scott-Jones was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, and just like Joe, was not eligible for a prison camp, despite the verbal promises given to him by government prosecutors.
After serving approximately 12 months, Scott-Jones was hopeful for early an early release to a halfway house, as many non-violent offenders are in the U.S. It turns out, halfway houses are also a privilege just for American citizens. So, upon completion of his prison sentence on May 23, 2014, Scott-Jones was surprised when instead of being picked up by his wife, he was immediately detained and escorted by ICE agents to an immigration detention facility, where he would be held pending deportation to the U.K. It was a shock considering that Scott-Jones believed his plea and cooperation with government prosecutors would protect him from this very scenario.
According to his attorney, it is not uncommon for individuals, such as Scott-Jones, who have lived in the U.S for many years and have established strong familial, professional and economic ties to this country, to face deportation. This should put the fear of God in Joe Giudice. The appeal process for Scott-Jones seemed to be all but impossible to win unless he could somehow prove that England planned to torture him upon his repatriation. This of course was not a possibility.
During the appeal process with ICE, Scott-Jones served another 15 months in prison.
His appeals were not met with success and it seemed unlikely he would be allowed to stay in the country. PLEASE REFER TO THIS LINK FOR CLARIFICATION OF MR. SCOTT-JONES APPEAL PROCESS. THE JUDGE DID IN FACT GRANT AN APPEAL AND A GREEN CARD TO MR. SCOTT-JONES.
He contracted MERSA, lost 60 pounds and suffered from other major health issues as he was transferred between various miserable ICE detention centers. After 15 months of detention in the ICE holding centers, which are way worse than federal prisons, on top of his 18 month prison sentence, Scott-Jones was released without explanation.
Based on this cautionary tale, it seems that when Joe Giudice is shipped off to join fellow Real Househusband Apollo Nida, who is also currently incarcerated at Fort Dix, it may well be the last we see of him.
It sounds to me like Teresa better put those girls in some serious Italian classes over the next four years. Unless another scenario occurs that I have been giving a lot of weight to and Joe makes a run for it on Pete’s passport and heads to Italy in the next month or so. I’m not sure that we would even bother extraditing him if he would just go away.