‘Dance Moms’ Star Gets One Year Behind Bars
Reality TV star Abby Lee Miller, who rose to fame thanks to the Lifetime show Dance Moms, was given a prison sentence of one year and a day over fraud charges, according to a report by E! News on Tuesday.
It was also reported that Miller will have to pay a fine of $40,000 and judgment amounting to $120,000. Sources said the dance reality star must report to prison within 45 days.
In 2015, the 50-year-old dance instructor was indicted on charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets and false bankruptcy declarations. She allegedly concealed her income for her appearance on the reality show “Dance Moms” for the years 2012 and 2013, hiding over $755,000 in different bank accounts.
The Dance Moms star was reportedly filed for bankruptcy in 2010. However, in the reorganization plan she submitted to the court, Miller hid the fact that she still had a contract for the show.
In a report by Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Judge Thomas Agrest, apparently learned the truth and discharged her bankruptcy case after the judge spotted Miller on television and realized she still had lucrative contracts that she wasn’t being truthful about.
The judge said that “The problem here is that it looks to the court that she was hiding the ball and until she got caught we wouldn’t have known about this.”
In June 2016, Abby pleaded guilty to concealing bankruptcy assets and one count of not reporting an international monetary transaction. The reality star appeared in court Tuesday and according to reports, she was teary-eyed and ashamed that she and the judge were meeting in such a way. She told the judge: “I’m certainly ashamed to be meeting you for the first time in this manner.”
Abby reportedly said that she is “very sorry for what I’ve done … my name has been dragged through the mud.” Needless to say, it appears that the dance guru will not be dancing anytime soon.
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