“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice is suing her former bankruptcy attorney for $5 million.
Giudice filed a lawsuit against James Kridel on Wednesday, TMZ first reported Monday. Kridel, an attorney based in Clifton, New Jersey, represented the reality star during her 2009 bankruptcy filling.
In documents filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Giudice claims Kridel mishandled the bankruptcy filing, prepared faulty amendments and failed to prepare her for a meeting before the federal Bankruptcy Court trustee and creditors to whom she and husband Joe Giudice owed millions, according to the New York Daily News.
Joe and Teresa Giudice filed for bankruptcy in 2009, claiming $11 million in debt. They dropped their petitions in 2011, but that bankruptcy filing ultimately led to federal fraud charges against them, E! News previously noted.
In the 39-count indictment, the Giudices were accused of hiding assets during a Chapter 7 petition. The couple allegedly failed to disclose information about their businesses, rental properties and Teresa’s “Real Housewives” salary.
Teresa, ultimately sentenced to 15 months, is expected to report to a federal prison camp in Danbury, Connecticut, on Jan. 5; Joe was sentenced to 41 months and will serve time after Teresa is released.
After the October sentencing, Kridel spoke with People magazine about his former client.
“I did not believe that Teresa was all that knowledgeable about any of the finances of her family until ultimately she became the breadwinner,” he told People. “Everyone seems to blame her that she knew or should have known. I don’t find that to be true in real life, though, People come in and sign tax returns quite often, and the spouse who is not in charge of the finances has no information. They just do what the accountant tells them.”
A rep for the Giudices was not immediately available for further comment.