Abby Lee Miller’s fate has been sealed. The Dance Moms star has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release, after a lengthy bankruptcy fraud case played out in court.
— Tony Ruffolo (@WPXITonyRuffolo) May 9, 2017
Miller was also fined $40k and ordered to pay a $120k judgement. Sources speculate that Miller will probably serve 10 months, and will likely finish up her sentence in a halfway house. Miller will self-report to a Los Angeles area prison in about 45 days.
The case launched in October 2015, when Miller was charged with concealing $775,000 of income from Dance Moms and its spin-off, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. She was accused of hiding cash from her reality career and other projects in secret bank accounts between 2012-2013.
Miller was also accused of dividing $120k into plastic bags and having friends transport the loot from Australia into the U.S., in August, 2014. Law mandates that travelers must declare any amount past $10k of foreign currency brought into the U.S.
Miller made a statement to People in April, and spoke about the prospect of going to prison.
“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,” Miller said.
“I’m afraid of being physically abused or raped,” Miller added, addressing her uncertain future. “I have to stay busy. If I thought about it every day, I’d just sit around and cry.”
Miller pled guilty to not reporting an international monetary transaction and one count of concealing bankruptcy assets in June, 2016.
Abby’s reality enemies, Christi Lukasiak and Kelly Hyland, were spotted in the courthouse, on Monday. The women faced off in ugly confrontations with Miller on the Lifetime series.