Teresa Giudice Starts Prison Sentence

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Teresa Giudice Begins Prison Sentence

By Shari Weiss

Teresa Giudice Begins Prison Sentence

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Teresa Giudice surrendered to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut on Monday to begin her 15-month prison sentence. Though not required to turn herself in until around 10 a.m., the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star opted to do her intake roughly seven hours before the normal time, arriving just before 3 a.m.

“She was ready. Teresa is a very strong woman, she won’t have any problems in there,” attorney James J. Leonard, Jr. said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. “When we arrived at Danbury, everyone we encountered was extremely courteous and respectful.” He drove Giudice to the prison, with the early surrender arranged with prison officials in advance.

Giudice is serving time for bankruptcy and mortgage fraud. She and her husband Joe also owe more than $400,000 in restitution, about half of which has been paid. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison, a term that will begin after Giudice completes her time, allowing him to care for their four daughters while she is behind bars.

Leonard further told ABC News, “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.” He also revealed that Giudice had been corresponding with past prisoners to help prepare her for the year-plus term, and she was advised to be “friendly but guarded.” The minimum-security facility served as the inspiration for the hit Netflix series, “Orange Is The New Black.”

Giudice may be able to receive a visit from her family as soon as this weekend. On Sunday night, shortly before her mother left, eldest daughter Gia tweeted, “Support system is unreal. #soblessed.”

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