Almost a year and a half since she was first indicted on 20 counts of fraud, former Dance Moms host Abby Lee Miller today was sentenced to one year and one day in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. After reporting in to a facility likely close to L.A. 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 Tuesday morning.
“You weren’t truthful, even when you knew you were supposed to tell everything, you still weren’t truthful,” the judge said. “Somehow you got caught up in the world of fame and you lost your moral compass,” she added. As a part of the cost of that loss, Miller will also have to pay a fine of $40,000 and $120,000 judgement for the currency reporting violation charge the feds hit her with last summer. Of course, Miller also has two weeks to appeal that.
With the rarely low key Miller having hidden more than $755,000 in earnings from the Lifetime reality series from the courts, the nearly two-dozen charges of fraud and more from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh were made public in October 2015. The deeply detailed charges carried with them up to $5 million in fines and possibly five years in jail. If precedent for such white collar crime is a factor, it is likely that Miller will not end up serving the full sentence in prison and be out in around nine months – maybe.
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