Christina Dugan
May 09, 2017 12:48 PM


Abby Lee Miller was just sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud, but the Dance Moms star already has plans for her next steps into the spotlight.

After the reality star, 50, serves her time for the felony guilty plea — including two years of supervised release — she hopes to break free from Lifetime, the network that launched Dance Moms and pursue more opportunities in TV.

“If you knew how many wrenches [Lifetime] has thrown in stuff for me — I was asked to do Dancing with the Stars three times, I was asked to be back on The View three times,” Miller exclusively told PEOPLE last month about the TV opportunities that have come her way. “Lifetime is putting the kibosh on it before I even know about it. If I could take Dance Moms to anyone else, I would do it in a heartbeat. I’m very upset.” (Lifetime did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)

On Monday, a federal judge in Pittsburgh began the process of determining the fate of the former Dance Moms coach, who in October 2015 was charged with attempting to hide $775,000 of income from the Lifetime series, its spin-off Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and multiple other projects during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Miller, who allegedly hid the money in secret bank accounts between 2012–13, pled guilty to bankruptcy fraud in June 2016. She is also accused of divvying $120,000 and having her friends carry the money in plastic bags in their luggage in August 2014, which she promised to forfeit in January.

The controversial reality TV star announced her resignation from Dance Moms in an Instagram post in March, and shortly after, Lifetime announced that former DWTS dance pro Cheryl Burke would be taking over Miller’s spot.

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“I just know they’re going to treat her a hell of a lot better than they treated me, for now,” Miller previously told PEOPLE about Burke joining Dance Moms. “Give her six years, they’ll talk to her like she’s dirt too.”

“I think bringing in a stranger that has a résumé is going to be so much more important to them than me [and] the people that have been there for seven years, day in and day out, working our butts off. She’ll get all the perks and we’ll get all the jerks,” Miller continued.

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Still, she’s not opposed to returning to reality TV. “Never say never,” Miller admitted about the possibility of going back to Dance Moms. “It just sickens me when people get creative credit with our ideas. … A lot of things would have to change.”

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