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Teresa Giudice to serve jail sentence at "Orange is the New Black" prison

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice has been ordered to serve her 15-month jail sentence at the same facility that served as the inspiration for "Orange is the New Black."

A federal judge announced Wednesday that Giudice will be assigned to a prison camp facility in Danbury, Connecticut, and must report there on Jan. 5, The Associated Press reports.

A lawyer for Giudice had filed a letter with a judge in Newark this week asking for a recommendation that she serve 12 months in a halfway house, but U.S. District Judge Esther Salas announced Wednesday that she would not make the recommendation.

The judge said Giudice should have made the request to serve time at a halfway house -- the maximum that could be served at such facilities -- at her Oct. 2 sentencing. But even then, the judge said, she likely would have denied it.

Giudice's new attorney, Stacy Ann Biancamano, said her client would have made the request at that time but did not know that she could.

Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in prison for bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy. Her husband, Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, was sentenced to 41 months.

The Giudices pleaded guilty in March, admitting they hid assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitted phony loan applications to get $5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes totaling more than $200,000.

Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" is set at a fictional prison in Litchfield, New York, but the series is based on a memoir by Piper Kerman, who served 13 months at the Danbury facility on a felony money-laundering charge.

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