Dance Moms Star Abby Lee Miller Is Going To Prison
Controversial Pittsburgh dance teacher and star of Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller has been charged with fraud and sentenced to a year and a day behind bars.
The 50-year-old reality star was accused of hiding earnings worth $755,000 from the government in the United States last year.
During her sentencing, Abby Lee took to the stand sobbing and begging Judge Joy Flower Conti for mercy.
However, Conti told the television star, "you weren't truthful, even when you knew you were supposed to tell everything, you still weren't truthful."
Abby Lee Miller has owned and operated Pittsburgh's Abby Lee Dance Company since the age of 14 and starred on the reality television show Dance Moms on the Lifetime network.
It has been reported that Miller will serve out her sentence in a Los Angeles federal facility.
Conti also told the reality star, "Somehow you got caught up in the fame and lost your moral compass."
Miller is set to report to the LA prison in approximately a month and a half and after she completes her sentence, she will face fines of $160,000 and will be on supervised release for a further two years.
In a statement read before her sentence, Miller claimed that the way she had handled her income was a way to keep her business running and not an attempt at misleading anyone.
During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Abby Lee had initially declared that her monthly income was $8,899 while hiding her real earnings.
Miller finally confessed to making $288,000 through her television show but through further investigation, federal examiners found money from merchandise sales, personal appearances and dance sessions worth $550,000.
Last year, Miller pleaded guilty to the charges that she was illegally hiding income in secret bank accounts between 2012 and 2013.
It remains uncertain if the reality show Dance Mums will continue filming without the fiery dance teacher.