‘Real Housewives’ star Teresa Giudice released from prison

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DANBURY, Conn. — One of New Jersey's "Real Housewives" has been freed after serving nearly a year in prison for bankruptcy fraud.

According to People magazine, the reality star was released from Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in Connecticut early Wednesday morning.

A lawyer for Teresa Giudice says she will travel home to Montville, New Jersey, upon her release. She will be on home confinement until Feb. 5.

Giudice has been at the prison since January. 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 some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans.

Joe Giudice is expected to start his own prison sentence in March. A federal judge staggered the couple's sentences in deference to their four daughters.