Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller sentenced to prison
Abby Lee Miller’s courtroom drama has come to an end.
On Monday, the Dance Moms star learned her fate after bankruptcy fraud case for the past year and a half, receiving a sentence of 1 year and 1 day in federal prison followed by 2 years supervised release.
In October 2015, Miller was charged with attempting to hide $775,000 of income from her Lifetime series and its spin-off, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, as well as multiple other projects during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. She allegedly hid the money in secret bank accounts between 2012–13.
The reality star, 50, was also accused of divvying $120,000 into separate plastic bags and having friends carry them in their luggage in August 2014, which is in violation of a law mandating people report if they are bringing more than $10,000 of a foreign currency into the U.S.
In January, Miller agreed to forfeit the $120,000 Australian, the Associated Press reported.
“Throughout this case, Ms. Miller has taken both the allegations and the proceedings very seriously,” Miller’s attorney Robert Ridge previously told PEOPLE in a statement. “This has been a challenging time for Ms. Miller. She appreciates the words of encouragement and support from around the world.”Despite rising to fame as one of reality TV’s most controversial stars, Miller had been battling financial issues for years.
“Before the show, we’d be [at the studio] on a Saturday afternoon and sheriffs would come and post notices saying they were going to shut the studio down for unpaid taxes,” a hometown source of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, previously told PEOPLE. “They would be pinning notes.”
(In her 2010 bankruptcy filing, Miller admitted to having $400,000 worth of unpaid taxes.)
Miller’s attorney told PEOPLE, “I can confirm that the studio was scheduled for sale for unpaid taxes.”
Despite the financial woes, Miller went about business per usual, promoting season 7 of Dance Moms — even traveling to the U.K. just nine days before her last sentencing hearing. (According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, on Feb. 10, Miller requested permission to travel for business to London from Feb. 16–20 and then on Feb. 21 to Newcastle, England.)
And, taking in the claims against her, the reality star told PEOPLE in April: “I made mistakes. I trusted people. But ultimately I have to take responsibility for those mistakes. I have to take the blame. I have to take the punishment.”
When confronted with the possibility of going to prison, Miller admitted to PEOPLE in April: “I’m afraid of being physically abused or raped. I have to stay busy. If I thought about it every day, I’d just sit around and cry.”