RHONJ's “Juicy Joe” to be deported back to Italy or do time behind bars with Teresa??

According to a source close to Real Housewives couple, lawyers have warned Joe he should be “prepared” to be deported with sentencing set to come down tomorrow!

Joe never became a U.S. citizen, and after pleading guilty to multiple federal fraud charges, “He has been told by his lawyers that he should be prepared to be deported back to Ittaly after serving his prison sentence,” an insider told RadarOnline. “There was hope he could avoid being deported on a technicality, but immigration officials are ready to begin the proceedings.”

“This is a high profile case, and the feds don’t want to be viewed as going easy on Joe,” the source continued. “But he won’t be deported until he finishes serving the prison sentence.”

On Thursday, October 2, Joe and Teresa will formally be sentenced in federal court in connection with their guilty pleas in the bankruptcy and fraud case.

It’s expected that Joe will be sentenced to 47 months in prison, with wife Teresa getting a much lighter punishment.

Insiders said prosecutors will ask for 27 months behind bars, though she’d originally hoped for house arrest.

Teresa and Joe are laying lowand spending time with the family,” the source added. “They know their time together is coming to an end, with Joe most likely going to prison.”