Joe Giudice was released from federal prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania today (March 14), and transferred directly to an immigration detention center.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s attorney, James Leonard Jr., released a statement.
“Mr. Giudice has finished serving his federal prison sentence and was transferred early this morning from the Bureau of Prisons to a facility in western Pennsylvania which houses immigration detainees,” his attorney James Leonard Jr. tells PEOPLE. “His lawyers and his family are hopeful that justice will prevail and Mr. Guidice will return home to his wife and four daughters who love him and miss him.”
Joe Giudice, 46, began serving a 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud in March 2016.
Federal immigration authorities (ICE) are required to detain aggravated felons upon release from prison. Therefore, Joe Giudice will be immediately transferred to an immigration detention facility in March 2019, where he will be held pending deportation to the Italy.
Additionally, following Joe Giudice’s departure from the United States, he will be permanently forbidden to lawfully reenter the U.S. again. Giudice won’t be allowed to visit his wife and four daughters in America, but they can certainly visit him in Italy.
In November, Joe’s legal team has filed an appeal on his deportation order and awaiting a decision.
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