Former 'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller Is Sentenced To Prison In Fraud Case
A year and a half after first being charged, former Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller has been sentenced to prison following her fraud case. As Deadline reports, Miller was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on Tuesday morning, and will also have to pay "a fine of $40,000 and $120,000 for the currency reporting violation charge the feds hit her with last summer." According to WTAE in Pittsburg, where Miller was sentenced, the prison time will be followed by two years of supervised release. E! Online reports that she has 45 days to report to prison.
UPDATE: According to Entertainment Tonight, Miller told reporters after being sentenced, ""I feel relieved. I feel peaceful." She continued, "There's a few physical limitations, dietary limitations [in prison], of course, but it'll be OK ... It's a realm of the world I know nothing about. I just know what I know and I do the best I can."
EARLIER: In June 2016, Miller pleaded guilty to one count of bankruptcy fraud and one count of failing to report more than $10,000 worth of Australian currency she brought into the United States. According to WTAE, $120,000 is the amount of money that went unreported.
Miller had originally been charged with 20 counts of alleged "bankruptcy fraud, concealing assets, and one criminal count involving international monetary information," according to Entertainment Tonight.
As Deadline reports, the U.S. Attorney's office was looking to see Miller sentenced to two and a half years in prison, while her lawyers were hoping for probation.
E! reports that, according to reporters, while in court, Miller said, "I am very sorry for what I've done," she said, according to reporters. "My name has been dragged through the mud."
Miller's lawyer previously told ET in a June 2016 statement:
Throughout this case, Ms. Miller has taken both the allegations and the proceedings very seriously. This has been a challenging time for Ms. Miller. She appreciates the words of encouragement and support from around the world.
Also in June 2016, Miller told ET via her lawyer:
Events over the past several months have been extremely challenging for me, my family, my friends and most important, my students. Because of this I made the very difficult decision to close the door on this chapter of my life by accepting responsibility for mistakes I have made along the way. I appreciate all the wonderful messages of support I've received from around the world and look forward to the future and getting back to my life's work; helping young dancers fulfill their potential.
Bustle has reached out to Miller's lawyer for comment regarding the sentencing, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.