'Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Gets One Year In Prison

Reality star convicted for bankruptcy fraud case

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Fans of Dance Moms know Abby Lee Miller as a no-nonsense dance coach. Miller was sentenced to one year (and one day) of federal prison time yesterday for her bankruptcy fraud cause. According to People, the 51-year-old will also get two years supervised release.

In addition, Miller was fined $40,000 and has to pay $120,000 judgment; plus give a DNA sample for her felony charge.

In 2015, the founder of the Abby Lee Dance Company was charged with hiding $775,000 of income from her Lifetime show, Dance Moms, its spin-off, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, and other projects during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. She allegedly hid money in secret bank accounts from 2012 to 2013. She also was accused of hiding $120,000 in plastic bags and having friends in 2014 transport the cash in luggage, which is illegal.

Last month, Miller opened up to People about her fear of going to prison. “I’m afraid of being physically abused or raped,” she said. “I have to stay busy. If I thought about it every day, I’d just sit around and cry.”

[Photo: Getty Images]

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