Joe Giudice has officially begun his 41-month prison sentence after being convicted of bankruptcy fraud and failure to file income tax returns.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star arrived at the Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution in New Jersey Wednesday afternoon alongside his wife Teresa Giudice, who just finished her own jail stint in December.
“It was obviously a very emotional day, but this is a very strong family with a tremendous support system and they will get through this, just as they did when Teresa was away,” the Giudice’s lawyer, James Leonard Jr., told Life & Style in a statement.
Teresa will care for the couple’s four daughters while Joe is away. “I feel bad for my daughters just having to go through this again,” she previously told E! News. “That’s what breaks my heart.”
Joe has said that he hopes to do something positive with his time behind bars. “I’m looking at it like rehabilitation for me,” he told People magazine.
“I am not going to be able to drink for a while which is good because I don’t even know when it’s been since I haven’t had a drink. It’s been a long time. Definitely the whole year I definitely drank every day a couple bottles at night just to go to bed.”
A few days before the start of his sentence, friends and family gathered for a going away party, but the night before his incarceration was allegedly spent with just Teresa and the kids.