Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice is heading to the Fort Dix federal prison on Wednesday to begin serving his 41-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud. Both Joe  and wife Teresa Giudice pleaded guilty in 2014 and were charged with 39 crimes, including tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud and making false statements on loan applications.

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A judge staggered their sentences so one parent could watch over their four daughters. Teresa, who entered prison in January 2015, finished her sentence last December.  Joe, on the other hand, faces possible deportation after serving prison since he is not a U.S. citizen. 

On Monday night, Joe had a going-away party with his family and friends at the Blu Alehouse restaurant in Riverdale, New Jersey.

“It was a very light and fun night,” the source told E! News. “Everyone was laughing and joking. There were a lot of kids running around — everyone brought their kids. It was very low-key, private and a lot of fun.”

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Around 75 guests, including  Joe’s brother-in-law, Joseph Gorga, and Joseph’s wife, fellow Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga, were present at the party, which did not include Bravo cameras, according to the source. 

“There were tears, laughter, joking, a lot of hugs,” the source said of the party which eventually took an emotional turn. “People were crying when they were saying goodbye to him. There was no one that wasn’t invited there. No fans or press. It was small and intimate.”

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Dean Bextor

Staff Writer, BuddyTV