'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller Sentenced to One Year in Prison

By: Joe Hyer

May 9, 2017

Abby Lee Miller, the host of the Lifetime TV show Dance Moms, has been sentenced to serve one year and one day in prison. The ruling came from a federal court in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Miller's sentence stems from a case dating back to 2015. Prosecutors charged Miller with more than 20 counts of fraud after saying Miller hid more than $755,000 in earnings from the government in 2012-2013. Around the same time, bankruptcy proceedings were on-going at Miller's dance studio. 

Abby reportedly begged for mercy from the federal judge. Miller said that she had become a "victim of fame."

The sentence will be served in a federal facility near Los Angeles later this year, according to Deadline. Two years of a supervised release are expected after she leaves prison. Miller was also ordered to pay more than $160,000 in fines related to the case. 

PEOPLE Magazine reports that Miller will likely only serve about 10 months of her sentence before being sent to a halfway house. 

In late March, Abby announced that she was stepping down from her role on Dance Moms. Cheryl Burke will appear as a guest choreographer for the upcoming seventh season of the hit show.