'Real Housewives' star Teresa Giudice freed from prison

One of New Jersey's "Real Housewives" was freed on Wednesday after serving nearly a year in prison for bankruptcy fraud.

A lawyer for Teresa Giudice told People magazine she was released from the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in Connecticut. Photos of Giudice in the car on the way home from the prison were published on People's website. 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 41-month prison sentence in March. A federal judge staggered the couple's sentences in deference to their four daughters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.