Lawyers for Joe Giudice using Wells Fargo bank settlement to fight deportation

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Lawyers for Joe Giudice, husband of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice, are using a Wells Fargo bank settlement to fight his deportation.

A judge ordered Giudice be deported to Italy following his 41-month prison sentence for bankruptcy and mortgage fraud charges.

But his lawyers say since he was one of the 900 state residents affected by the bank's illegal mortgage sales tactics back in 2010, two of his home loans were forgiven.

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Giudice’s attorneys say because of that, his felonies should be downgraded.

Giudice was born in Italy and moved to the U.S. with his parents when he was a year old.

He was allowed to live and work in the country legally because he had a green card.

Giudice and wife Teresa pleaded guilty in 2014 to financial fraud.

Teresa served nearly a year in prison and was freed in December 2015.

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