The day that Abby Lee Miller has been dreading is finally here
The day that Abby Lee Miller dreaded has finally come.
In October 2015, Miller 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 was 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.
In May, Miller received a sentence of one year and one day in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release. She was additionally fined $40,000 and ordered to pay the $120,000 judgment, as well as give a DNA sample relating to her felony charge.
While it remains to be seen how much of that sentence Miller will actually serve, multiple sources told PEOPLE that she will realistically face 10 months in prison, followed by a stint at a halfway house.
“I’m afraid of being physically abused or raped,” Miller told PEOPLE in April. “I have to stay busy. If I thought about it every day, I’d just sit around and cry.”
In March, the dance instructor announced her resignation in an Instagram post, accusing officials behind the popular Lifetime show of manipulating, disrespecting and generally treating her “like dirt” after she wrapped filming for season 7B.
In the weeks before she reported to prison, Miller still fiercely maintained her innocence, telling Extra, “I’m just a nice Catholic girl from Pittsburgh. … I know that I am not a criminal mastermind. I listened to the wrong people. I trusted people.”
Dance Moms premieres Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.