Abby Lee Miller sentenced to one year and one day in prison for bankruptcy fraud case
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/09/2017
Abby Lee Miller has learned she's going to spend some time behind bars for bankruptcy fraud following a year and a half of court proceedings.
The Dance Moms star was sentenced on Tuesday to 366 days in federal prison followed by two years supervised release, People reported.
In addition, the 50-year-old dance instructor has reportedly been fined $40,000 and must pay $120,000 judgement as well as provide a DNA sample in connection with her felony charge.
Multiple sources told the magazine, however, that Miller will realistically and likely serve only 10 months in prison and spend some time in a halfway house afterwards.
Miller was indicted in 2015 on 20 counts of bankruptcy fraud, false bankruptcy declarations and concealment of bankruptcy assets once the FBI, IRS, and postal inspectors conducted an investigation.
She pleaded guilty in June 2016, only days after reportedly making a plea deal with federal prosecutors because she originally faced up to five years in prison on the initial charges in the $5 million fraud case.
Miller allegedly hid more than $755,000 in secret bank accounts between 2012 to 2013, when she was getting paid for multiple projects, including starring on Lifetime's Dance Moms and its spinoff Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.
Miller was also accused of dividing $120,000 Australian into separate plastic bags so friends could carry her money in their luggage when traveling into the United States in August 2014, People reported. The law mandates travelers must report foreign currency if more than $10,000 is being brought into America.
In January 2017, Miller reportedly agreed to forfeit the $120,000 Australian.
"Throughout this case, Ms. Miller has taken both the allegations and the proceedings very seriously," Miller's attorney Robert Ridge previously told People in a statement. "This has been a challenging time for Ms. Miller. She appreciates the words of encouragement and support from around the world."
Miller filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and admitted at the time she had $400,000 worth of unpaid taxes. The reality TV star's attorney confirmed her dance studio in Penn Hills, PA, was actually "scheduled for sale for unpaid taxes."
The Dance Moms star -- who recently quit the series and was replaced by longtime Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke -- went about business per usual in the last several months despite her financial issues and court proceedings. She had reportedly traveled to London and Newcastle in England in February and even underwent a risky weight-loss surgery last month.
Just last month, Miller opened up to People about her bankruptcy case.
"I made mistakes. I trusted people. But ultimately I have to take responsibility for those mistakes. I have to take the blame. I have to take the punishment," she said, adding that she was scared about the idea of going to prison.
"I'm afraid of being physically abused or raped. I have to stay busy. If I thought about it every day, I'd just sit around and cry."