Teresa Giudice gives advice to Lori Loughlin as she faces prison in college admissions scandal (Exclusive)

Teresa Giudice has some words of advice for Lori Loughlin.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star has had her own legal woes and spent some time behind bars, and believes that the former Full House star -- who was involved in the college admissions scandal -- will be just fine.

"I'm sure she'll make it through," Teresa told ET's Rachel Smith during a recent sit-down. "I feel women are strong. We have babies, we do it all. I'm sure whatever outcome it is, I'm sure she'll be fine with it." 

Just last month, Loughlin, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and nine other parents received additional charges by a grand jury in connection with the college admissions scandal.

Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters, 20-year-old Olivia and 21-year-old Bella, admitted to USC as recruits for the crew team, even though neither had ever participated in the sport. The couple was charged in a second superseding indictment on conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering in April, and have pleaded not guilty.   

The new charges in the third superseding indictment allege the parents conspired to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California to facilitate their children's admission.

 

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Television personality Teresa Giudice is seen leaving 'Good Morning America' on November 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Sonja Morgan, Teresa Giudice, Kalliope Barlis, Noel Elie and Dolores Catania attend Phobia Relief Day on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Teresa Giudice attends Phobia Relief Day on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 30: Television personality Teresa Giudice attends a Jimmy DeLaurentis meet-and-greet at the World Market Center on July 30, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
MEDFORD, NJ - JUNE 09: Teresa Giudice competes in the Bikini Division of the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Championships on June 9, 2018 in Medford, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
MEDFORD, NJ - JUNE 09: Teresa Giudice competes in the Bikini Division of the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Championships on June 9, 2018 in Medford, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
LITTLE FALLS, NJ - JUNE 07: Teresa Giudice poses for a photoshoot before her first bodybuilding competition that was 2 days later. She competed in the 2018 NPC South Jersey Championships in the Bikini Division. She placed 3rd in the bikini division in the show. The photoshoot was on June 7, 2018 in Little Falls, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
BIMINI, BAHAMAS - MAY 05: (Images off Embargo 9.24.2018, Exclusive Coverage) Teresa Giudice, Margaret Josephs, Danielle Staub, and Melissa Gorga posing at Danielle's wedding on May 5, 2018 in Bimini, Bahamas. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- 'Wives And Misdemeanors' Episode 901 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice, Margaret Josephs -- (Photo by: Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22: Teresa Giudice attends WE tv Launches Bridezillas Museum Of Natural Hysteria on February 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for WE tv)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Teresa Giudice attends 'The Morning Breath' at Build Studio on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Teresa Giudice attends the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 - GIFTING LOUNGE on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 07: TV personality Teresa Giudice attends 'Sleigh' A Toys for Tots Event and Meet & Greet at Valanni on December 7, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Teresa Giudice attends her book signing for 'Standing Strong' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Television personalities Dolores Catania, Siggy Flicker and Teresa Giudice visit 'Extra' at H&M Times Square on October 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images for Extra)
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EAST HANOVER, NJ - MAY 18: Teresa Giudice attends the Gorga's Homemade Pasta & Pizza Grand Opening on May 18, 2017 in East Hanover, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: TV personality Teresa Giudice attend the Rookie USA Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Haddad)
TOWACO, NJ - JANUARY 13: RHONJ Teresa Giudice Poses For A Portrait At Her Home on January 13, 2017 in Towaco, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice attend the Hetrick-Martin Institute's 30th Annual Emery Awards: Help Me Imagine at Cipriani Wall Street on December 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: (L-R) Audriana Giudice, Milania Giudice, Gabriella Giudice, and Teresa Giudice attend BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for City Point)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: TV Personality Teresa Giudice attends BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for City Point)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Teresa Giudice hosts Inance Grand Opening Party on November 4, 2016 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
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MONTCLAIR, NJ - OCTOBER 27: Teresa Giudice arrives at the Fresco Da Franco Halloween Ball at Fresco Restaurant on October 27, 2016 in Montclair, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
UNCASVILLE, CT - OCTOBER 15: Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice walk the red carpet before the Ballroom After Party with Chrissy Teigen and LL Cool J for Mohegan Sun�s 20th Anniversary at Mohegan Sun on October 15, 2016 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Mohegan Sun)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Teresa Giudice attends the Star's Scene Stealers event at Kola House on October 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/Getty Images)
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As a mother herself, what would Teresa advise Loughlin tell her daughters if she is sentenced to prison?

"Her daughters are older… You know, she did it for her daughters and, I mean, her daughters are grateful for what she did," Teresa explained. "She was just looking out for her daughters and trying to get them into a good school. But I guess that's it, just be open with them, and whatever the outcome is, it is. You have to deal with it and move forward."

Teresa and her husband, Joe Giudice, both pleaded guilty to multiple charges of fraud in 2014 and were given consecutive sentences, with the mother of four -- who was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison -- serving her time first. She entered prison in January 2015, but was released early in December that same year.

Joe was released from prison in March after serving three years behind bars upon pleading guilty to multiple charges of fraud in 2014. He was immediately transferred to ICE custody. He filed an appeal in federal court, but that appeal was denied in April. He was released from custody in October, returning to Italy, where's he's waiting to learn about the final decision concerning his deportation. 

Days after his return to Italy, the two sat down with Andy Cohen (Joe via Skype) to talk about their marriage and future. While Teresa and Joe both seemed relieved that he's living as a free man outside of confinement, there was clearly a lot of disharmony and tension in their marriage, and the interview was filled with a fair share of tears and accusations.

Last week, Teresa and her four daughter traveled to Italy to reunite with Joe. See the sweet family reunion in the video below.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Wednesday on Bravo.

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BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 27: Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, right, leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on Aug. 27, 2019. A judge says actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, can continue using a law firm that recently represented the University of Southern California. The couple appeared in Boston federal court on Tuesday to settle a dispute over their choice of lawyers in a sweeping college admissions bribery case. Prosecutors had said their lawyers pose a potential conflict of interest. Loughlin and Giannulli say the firms work for USC was unrelated to the admissions case and was handled by different lawyers. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 27: Lori Loughlin, center, and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, behind her at right, leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on Aug. 27, 2019. A judge says actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, can continue using a law firm that recently represented the University of Southern California. The couple appeared in Boston federal court on Tuesday to settle a dispute over their choice of lawyers in a sweeping college admissions bribery case. Prosecutors had said their lawyers pose a potential conflict of interest. Loughlin and Giannulli say the firms work for USC was unrelated to the admissions case and was handled by different lawyers. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 27: Lori Loughlin, center left, and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, center right, leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on Aug. 27, 2019. A judge says actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, can continue using a law firm that recently represented the University of Southern California. The couple appeared in Boston federal court on Tuesday to settle a dispute over their choice of lawyers in a sweeping college admissions bribery case. Prosecutors had said their lawyers pose a potential conflict of interest. Loughlin and Giannulli say the firms work for USC was unrelated to the admissions case and was handled by different lawyers. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Actress Lori Loughlin (C) and husband Mossimo Giannulli (C rear)exit the Boston Federal Court house after a pre-trial hearing with Magistrate Judge Kelley at the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston on August 27, 2019. - Loughlin and Giannulli are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in the college admissions scandal. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Lori Loughlin (C) and husband Mossimo Giannulli (C rear) exit the Boston Federal Court house after a pre-trial hearing with Magistrate Judge Kelley at the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston on August 27, 2019. - Loughlin and Giannulli are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in the college admissions scandal. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli exit the Boston Federal Court house after a pre-trial hearing with Magistrate Judge Kelley at the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston on August 27, 2019. - Loughlin and Giannulli are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in the college admissions scandal. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Lori Loughlin (C) and husband Mossimo Giannulli (C rear)exit the Boston Federal Court house after a pre-trial hearing with Magistrate Judge Kelley at the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston on August 27, 2019. - Loughlin and Giannulli are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in the college admissions scandal. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 27: Lori Loughlin, center, and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, behind her at right, leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on Aug. 27, 2019. A judge says actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, can continue using a law firm that recently represented the University of Southern California. The couple appeared in Boston federal court on Tuesday to settle a dispute over their choice of lawyers in a sweeping college admissions bribery case. Prosecutors had said their lawyers pose a potential conflict of interest. Loughlin and Giannulli say the firms work for USC was unrelated to the admissions case and was handled by different lawyers. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 27: Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, behind her at left, leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on Aug. 27, 2019. A judge says actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, can continue using a law firm that recently represented the University of Southern California. The couple appeared in Boston federal court on Tuesday to settle a dispute over their choice of lawyers in a sweeping college admissions bribery case. Prosecutors had said their lawyers pose a potential conflict of interest. Loughlin and Giannulli say the firms work for USC was unrelated to the admissions case and was handled by different lawyers. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, arrive at the federal courthouse for a hearing on charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Josh Reynolds
Actress Lori Loughlin, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli leave the federal courthouse after a hearing on charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Josh Reynolds
Lori Loughlin departs federal court Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Boston, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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