“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice is now in prison in Danbury, Connecticut, beginning her 15-month sentence after pleading guilty to tax fraud.
The reality star left her Montville Township mansion shortly after midnight in a black SUV driven by her lawyer, James J. Leonard Jr.
Giudice surrendered just before 3 a.m., seven hours ahead of her scheduled intake at the minimum-security prison.
Her attorney said, “I think she was anxious to get in, get this thing started, get it behind her, and get back to her family. Her four girls are her primary focus”.
Leonard said Giudice prepared for her time behind bars by corresponding with recently released female prisoners from Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury. They advised her to be “friendly but guarded”.
Teresa and her husband Joe, both 42, pleaded guilty last year to multiple counts of bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, the latter part of a long-running scheme to obtain millions in mortgage and construction loans using falsified tax returns and W-2 forms.
The couple has four daughters – Gia, Gabriela, 10, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 5 – and being away from her children will be the most difficult.
Teresa sat down with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live to discuss the prison sentence last month.
The mother of four lived her life “with as much normalcy as possible” in her final days of freedom.
After Teresa’s 15-month sentence, Joe Giudice will serve 41 months in prison and the Italian-born contractor could face deportation.
Teresa spent Christmas with Joe’s family, before they headed to New York City on Dec. 26 to see Gia, and her girl group, 3KT, perform at a holiday concert.
The following day she took the girls to the Crystal Springs Resort and Spa in New Jersey for a day of skiing.
She looked “super stressed out,” an onlooker stated. “She kept uncomfortably rubbing her neck.”
The Giudice’s have had to put their lavish Montville, New Jersey mansion on the market, It is currently listed for $3.9 million.
Giudice has starred on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” since it premiered in 2009.
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