Even though she’s behind bars serving a 15-month sentence Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice is suing her former bankruptcy attorney, James Kridel for malpractice. Teresa claims that Mr. Kridel’s “negligence” and “missteps” are the reason she’s in prison. While Teresa’s malpractice lawyer Carlos Cuevas says Kridel’s “legal malpractice is the reason why she is incarcerated.”
James Kridel, who reached out to PEOPLE, says, “She went to jail because she committed crimes, which were not participated in by me. She had about 2.5 hours of testimony before she went to jail where she took full responsibility for the crimes.”
“However, I suppose things have changed in her mind. I have read the transcript and the judge made it very clear that she had originally decided not to send her to jail, but because she had falsified her assets before the sentencing she decided to send her to jail.”
Kridel says that Teresa failed to comply with the Judge’s orders that ultimately led to her being sent to prison.“She was chastised by the judge well after I represented her. There were failures to file income taxes, which occurred many years before we knew her. Her falsifying W2’s for mortgages – that has nothing to do with her bankruptcy.”
On the other hand Cuevas, Teresa’s malpractice lawyer fights back saying he filed the lawsuit on behalf of Teresa to “to vindicate [her] legal rights, her good name and reputation,” as he says in the complaint.
In the malpractice suit, Teresa is seeking to recover an unspecified amount of money from Mr. Kridel “because she has suffered significant monetary damages because of Defendant Kridel’s negligence.”
Cuevas alleges that the damages Teresa is seeking “cannot restore her freedom, her good name, her lost professional opportunities, or her agonizing, extended absence from her husband and children’s daily lives.”
The complaint for the malpractice suit also states that because of Kridel’s “failure” to perform his duties Giudice “is now in a federal penitentiary and now a felon.”
Cuevas claims, “The very lawyer retained to prepare accurate bankruptcy documents literally led his client into the cross-hairs of federal prosecutors, and a prison cell. This is a consequence of Defendant Kridel’s several material errors and the concealment of his malpractice.”
Back on October 8th, 2014, Kridel spoke to PEOPLE. Kridel said that Teresa’s bankruptcy “probably brought attention on her, but this is something which has a lot to do with all of her comments on TV, showing off her huge mansion and the jewelry she wears and the cash she spends. She’s got to be subject to scrutiny. But it’s not as a consequence of anything that occurred in the bankruptcy petition.”
“That’s what occurred on TV. Prosecutors watch TV and they draw their own conclusions. She wasn’t sent to jail for anything that occurred as a consequence of her coming to this office. She went to jail for things she did herself.”
Did Teresa do this to herself? Or is Kridel to blame for Teresa being in prison? Do you think Teresa is trying to vindicate her name or is she just looking for a payout?