Dance Moms Star Abby Lee Miller Turns Herself in to Prison
Abby Lee Miller, the woman behind reality series Dance Moms, has turned herself in to prison to serve 366 days behind bars for bankruptcy fraud.
The 50-year-old turned herself into the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California on Wednesday, arriving in the back of a blacked out vehicle at midday, two hours before her 2pm deadline.
Ms Abby appeared to be in good spirits on Monday night. After enjoying a final meal at a restaurant, she took selfies with fans and told waiting photographers, “It’s like vacation, baby. No I shouldn’t joke about it, it’s very serious.” She also joked, “‘I have free rent for ten months.”
While remaining calm and jovial on her way to report for prison, she did not go without one final attempt to protest her innocence in a quickly-deleted Instagram post which auto-shared to her Twitter account.
Today is going to be a tough day! Seems as though important facts were omitted from the case!… https://t.co/9HmqnRzcfu
— Abby Lee Miller (@Abby_Lee_Miller) July 12, 2017
Radar Online is reporting that the now-deleted Instagram post was a photo of what she claimed was a cheque in the amount of $35,719.80 that was forged with her signature.
“Today is going to be a tough day,” Miller captioned the photo, clearly alluding to the start of her prison sentence. “Seems as though important facts were omitted from the case! Just wanted to let the world know – moms and girls all made money – Lots of money! #Dancemoms.”
Miller goes on to question the identity of M, M & M, the company that the check was made out to, whom she claims to be unfamiliar with.
— E! News (@enews) July 12, 2017
The disgraced reality star stands accused of funnelling money into a secret bank account in order to hide it from the government.
Abby, who notably trained teen dancer Maddie Ziegler — who went on to star in a number of music videos for Sia, initially filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
She was then charged in October 2015, with attempting to conceal $775,000 in income from Dance Moms, her spinoff series Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, and other franchise-related businesses.
Between 2012 and 2013, Abby allegedly hid the money in secret bank accounts, before pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud in June 2016.
In May, a federal judge in Pittsburgh handed down the year-long sentence, giving Abby 4 weeks to report for prison. This was delayed by two weeks while Abby underwent a knee operation. The dance teacher was also ordered to pay a fine of $40,000 as well as an addition $120,000 of Australian currency that she failed to report when she brought it into the United States.
Source: Twitter/Abby Lee Miller