Ex-'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller sentenced to 1 year in prison

PITTSBURGH — Former Dance Moms reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud and for taking $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it.

A federal judge in Pittsburgh also ordered Miller to pay a $40,000 fine and spend two years on probation following her release.

Miller pleaded guilty in both cases last year.

Prosecutors said she tried to cheat her creditors by hiding $775,000 worth of income and deserved prison. Miller's attorneys argued for probation, saying her creditors were made whole after the fraud was discovered.

The Dance Moms star was known for her brash behavior and pursuit of perfectionism from her students.The founder and chief choreographer of the Abby Lee Dance Company starred on Lifetime's reality show since its premiere in 2011.

Miller announced in March that she was leaving the show, and declared in a fiery Instagram post that producers of the series had failed to give her credit for her creative ideas. She said she had been "manipulated and disrespected' by men who "treat women like dirt."

© 2017 Associated Press


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