Ex-‘Dance Moms’ Host Abby Lee Miller Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison In Fraud Case

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TV personality Abby Lee Miller arrives at court in downtown Pittsburgh, for the second day of her sentencing hearing, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.  A federal judge is expected to sentence the former "Dance Moms" reality star for bankruptcy fraud and bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it. (Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)./Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

TV personality Abby Lee Miller arrives at court in downtown Pittsburgh, for the second day of her sentencing hearing, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. A federal judge is expected to sentence the former “Dance Moms” reality star for bankruptcy fraud and bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it. (Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)./Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Former Dance Moms host Abby Lee Miller was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After reporting in to a facility likely close to Los Angeles in about a month and a half and serving her time, Miller will have an additional two years of supervised release, Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti told the crying defendant and a packed courtroom this morning. Abby was first indicted on 20 counts of fraud almost a year ago.

“You weren’t truthful, even when you knew you were supposed to tell everything, you still weren’t truthful. Somehow you got caught up in the world of fame and you lost your moral compass,” Judge Conti told Miller.

As a part of the cost of that loss, Miller will have to pay a fine of $40,000 and a $120,000 judgment for the currency-reporting violation charge the feds hit her with last summer.

Abby’s main lawyer Robert Ridge said outside courtroom that the defense “respects” the judge’s decision and has no plans to appeal. “I feel relieved, I feel peaceful,” Abby added to her attorney’s comments.

Abby had hidden more than $755,000 in earnings from the Lifetime reality series from the courts, the 20 charges of fraud and more from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh were made public in October 2015.

The detailed charges carried with them up to $5 million in fines and a possible five years in jail. If precedent for such white collar crime is a factor, it is likely Miller will not end up serving her full sentence in prison and be out in about nine months.

Source: Deadline




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