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'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Teresa Giudice surrenders and begins 15-month prison sentence

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/05/2015 

Teresa Giudice is now in prison.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star surrendered herself to authorities just before 3AM, seven hours ahead of schedule, at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT, on January 5, New Jersey's Star-Ledger reported.

Teresa left her home shortly after midnight and has now begun serving her 15-month sentence for financial fraud. She was reportedly driven to the minimum-security prison camp by her lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. in a black SUV.

"She was ready," Leonard Jr. said in a statement to the Star-Ledger. "Teresa is a very strong woman, she won't have any problems in there."

Teresa and her husband Joe Giudice, both 42, pleaded guilty to 41 counts of fraud on March 4. After reaching a plea deal, Teresa was sentenced on October 2, as was Joe, who will start his own 41-month sentence after his wife does her time.

Teresa's early surrender was reportedly negotiated with officials over the phone on New Year's Eve.

"When we arrived at Danbury, everyone we encountered was extremely courteous and respectful," Leonard Jr. told the newspaper.

Teresa and Joe have four daughters together: Gia, 13, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 8, and Audrianna, 5.

According to USA Today, Teresa will be able to see her family this weekend.

"Her primary concern is and always has been her four daughters," Teresa's lawyer added, according to the Star-Ledger. "When she talks about going away, she talks about how it will effect them, not her."

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