Bravo welcomed home one of its stars on Wednesday. The network’s website posted a report that “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice officially left the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, at 5:01 a.m. Wednesday.
“She’s free,” the site quoted her attorney James Leonard Jr. as saying.
Giudice and her husband, Joe, both pleaded guilty in March 2014 to federal bankruptcy fraud charges.
The judge agreed to allow her to serve her 15-month sentence first and delayed having her husband report for his 41-month sentence to ensure the couple’s four daughters would have at least one parent present to care for them.
Joe Giudice, who is not a U.S. citizen, also faces possible deportation once he completes his sentence.
Teresa Giudice served 11½ months. Her attorney told The Record of northern New Jersey that she will be on home confinement until February 5. She’ll wear an electronic monitoring bracelet until then, according to Bravo.
“During that period, she will be able to work, she will be able to take care of business, medical (things),” Leonard told the paper. “She’ll be out and about. And then when that period ends, she will begin a (two-year) period of supervised release.”
According to Bravo, Giudice is expected to spend Christmas Eve at the Montville, New Jersey, home of her brother and reality co-star Joe Gorga. The network site said she is excited to be reunited with her four daughters.
Giudice is reportedly set to return to the reality show that made her famous.
A cookbook author, Giudice has also co-wrote “Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again” with People magazine staff writer K.C. Baker. It will be released on February 9.