Why Is Abby Lee Miller From Dance Moms Going To Prison?
On Tuesday, May 9, Abby Lee Miller, the star of “Dance Moms,” was sentenced to prison for fraud, according to Deadline.
According to the ruling by Chief Judge Conti, Miller will serve one year and one day in prison.
Elite Daily reached out to Abby Lee Miller's attorneys for comment, but did not hear back by the time of publication.
The dance teacher who claimed her fame by yelling at young dance students at her studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had been indicted on 20 accounts of fraud and hiding $755,000 in earnings from the government, according to TMZ.
TMZ reports Miller begged the court for mercy before her sentence was revealed, saying she got caught up in her rapid rise to fame once "Dance Moms" became popular.
Apparently, former moms on the Lifetime show Christi Lukasiak and Kelly Hyland were at Miller's sentencing yesterday.
According to reports, Lukasiak and Hyland weren't at the hearing in support of Miller but in complete support of her sentencing.
Lukasiak told TribLIVE.com, “I'm here supporting the government because I'm a tax-paying citizen in Pittsburgh."
Christi Lukasiak is Chloe's mom and Kelly Hyland is the mom of Brooke and Paige, both of whom danced in the same ensemble as Chloe and Maddie.
According to Deadline, Judge Conti said to Miller,
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.
Miller's sentence comes about a year and a half after her indictment.
TMZ reports Miller will have to pay up to $160,000 in fines in addition to the prison sentence, but the outlet also notes she could have had it much worse, seeing as fraud cases such as this can result in up to five years in prison and $5 million in fines.