Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice leave Newark federal court on Nov. 20, 2013 in Newark, N.J.
Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty

‘Real Housewives’ star Teresa Giudice is freed from prison

MONTVILLE, New Jersey – “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice was freed from prison Wednesday after serving nearly a year for bankruptcy fraud, and she returned home to spend Christmas with her family.

Giudice’s lawyer said she was released at about 5 a.m. from the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in Connecticut.

She traveled home to Montville, New Jersey, in a black SUV and will be placed on home confinement until Feb. 5, attorney James Leonard said, though she is expected to spend Christmas Eve at her brother’s home.

RELATED: One-on-one with Joe Giudice of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’

Giudice had a “very emotional, very powerful” reunion with her husband and four daughters, Leonard said.

“She’s safe and sound in her own home. She’s very happy to be here,” Leonard said. “She’s very much looking forward to a nice, quiet, low-key holiday with her family.”

Way Too Early , 1/5/15, 5:56 AM ET

'Real Housewives' star set to begin jail time

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice will report to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut to serve a 15-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud. Thomas Roberts has the details.
A black Lexus SUV with a red bow on top was waiting in the driveway when she arrived.

Giudice was sent to prison to serve a 15-month sentence in January. She earned early release with good behavior.

She and her husband, Joe Giudice, pleaded guilty last year to bankruptcy fraud. They admitted hiding assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitting phony loan applications to get about $5 million in mortgages and construction loans.

Joe Giudice is expected to start his own 3 1/2 -year prison sentence in March. A federal judge staggered the couple’s sentences in deference to their daughters.

Pop Culture

'Real Housewives' star Teresa Giudice is freed from prison