‘Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Sentenced to Prison for Bankruptcy Fraud

Former reality TV star had pleaded guilty to federal bankruptcy fraud and money laundering

Last Updated: May 9, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

“Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for bankruptcy fraud.

According to the Associated Press, a federal judge in Pittsburgh sentenced the former reality TV star after Miller pleaded guilty to federal bankruptcy fraud and money laundering last year. Her sentencing was drawn out while lawyers tried to figure out how much financial harm was done, if any.

According to the publication, Miller brought $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it. Last year, she pleaded guilty to this charge. Prosecutors also said she tried to cheat her creditors by hiding $775,000 worth of income.

Miller was indicted in October 2015 on charges of concealing income in the amount of $675,000 from her stint on the Lifetime reality show in 2012 and 2013. During that same period, her dance studio filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Federal agents claim Miller created bank accounts to conceal income she earned as an instructor on the show, which follows competitive young dancers and inevitably showcases conflicts between their mothers and Miller.

The sentencing hearing began in January. U.S. Attorney Gregory Melucci wanted Miller to spend 2 and a half years in prison, while her attorneys hoped for probation.