‘Dance Moms’ star Abby Lee Miller sentenced to prison for fraud

Abby Lee Miller has tangoed her way into prison.

The former host of the Lifetime series “Dance Moms” was sentenced to one year and one day in prison Tuesday on 20 counts of fraud stemming from hiding more than $ 775,000 in earnings, Deadline reported.

“‘Dance Moms’ became a hit and I became the laughing stock of reality TV,” she told the judge in court on Tuesday.


Former “Dance Moms” reality star Abby Lee Miller arrives at the Joseph F. Weis Jr. U. S. Courthouse in Pittsburgh for her sentencing on federal bankruptcy fraud charges on Monday.

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The 50-year-old said the fame from the show lead her into the situation.

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Miller also expressed that she wanted to go out for lunch with the judge “after this,” according to Deadline — and promised that she wouldn’t be back if they went easy on her.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh first made the charges public in October 2015 and the ex-host pleaded guilty in June of 2016.

During her hearing on Monday, Judge Joy Flower Conti expressed that the appropriate sentence should be 10-16 months with a fine ranging from $ 5,000 to $ 55,000 and an additional 18-24 months and fines of $ 7,5000 to $ 75,000 for currency reporting charges.

Abby Lee Miller in an episode of “Dance Moms.”

Abby Lee Miller in an episode of “Dance Moms.”

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Prior to her sentencing, Miller told Entertainment Tonight that she was not prepared to serve any time in jail.

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“Well, like I teach my kids, life is not fair,” she said, referencing the students on the show as she has no children of her own.

Miller was handed a sentence of one year and one day in prison.

Miller was handed a sentence of one year and one day in prison.

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“In the end, I have to believe that everything will work out and the truth will come out — I think there’s a lot more to it. There’s a lot more moving parts to this case than anyone understands.”

She added, “I’m not a real physical person so… you know… we’ll see.”

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