The day after Abby Lee Miller was sentenced by a federal judge to 366 days in federal prison, ordered to pay a $40,00 fine, $120,000 money judgment and after serving jail time an additional two years supervision after being charged with bankruptcy fraud and bringing unreported $120,000 foreign currency into the United States, she appeared on Good Morning America and spoke to Linsey Davis to dish about her sentence. Abby said, “It sounds like a movie title, one year and one day.” She added “I’m going to pretend I’m in a movie and we’re on set and I’m there for 10 months and that’s the way it’s going to be.” U.S. District Court Judge Joy Flowers Conti advised Miller during her sentencing that she could transition to a halfway house after serving 10 months of her sentence.
For anyone that does not remember, she was indicted on fraud charges in 2015 for allegedly hiding $775,000 in income from bankruptcy creditor and ultimately plead guilty in 2016. When she was asked about the alleged hidden income she said, ‘I don’t want to hear that number anymore,’ and that she was ‘not intentionally” trying to hide anything and ‘wasn’t ever trying to hurt anyone.’ Apparently, she really wants people to know she wasn’t trying to hurt anyone! Miller also dished Good Morning America that if she could do it all over again, ‘I would never had filed for bankruptcy ever,’ she said. ‘I do not recommend it.’ We sure would hope she has learned a huge lesson out of all of this, but my guess is she is saying this because she got ‘caught’!
Miller must report to prison in the next 44 days, but until she does she report, she’s reflecting on life right now. ‘I didn’t have any children of my own. These were my kids and I raised them like they were my kids,’ Miller said tearfully. ‘I have spent so much time and so much energy making other people’s children stars.’ She also added she is already working on new projects, including a book, and plans to fill her prison time with reading, writing and learning Spanish. The love to hate and some just flat out hate, fiery, controversial dance instructor said she hopes to ‘be a better business woman’ in the next chapter of her life as she shifts her energy to ‘worry about’ herself instead of her students. Once she is behind bars she is going to pretend we’re shooting a movie and we’re on set and I’m there for 10 months, and that’s the way it’s going to be. I doubt she will really be able to pretend she is shooting a movie, let’s be realistic it’s prison, there are bars and you can’t just come and go as you please! Ultimately, I’m hoping for the sake of all, she is being genuine about all of this, tears included!
After Linsey Davis finished her interview with Abby Lee Miller, Soo C. Song, United States attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, issued a statement regarding the matter to ABC News: ‘This defendant secreted and structured profits that she derived outside the United States from performances by children,’ Song said and added that her actions ‘undermine our justice system.’
I do hope she also figures out in the next 44 days how she is going to do time in regards to nutrition and dietary restrictions since she has just had gastric sleeve surgery in April. Any day now, she will be getting off her strict liquid diet and starting to eat ‘normal’ foods. She had dished to ET April 24th, right after the surgery, ‘They said to buy a shot glass and put the water and protein shakes and these little milk shakes in the shot glass and drink it one ounce at a time. So, I’m just going to do shots for three weeks. That’s my game plan.’ The procedure reduced her stomach 80 percent and although that means she cannot eat a ton, she still needs a strict diet that I’m not sure a prison kitchen can provide. Although she told ET ‘I think this is a good thing, and hopefully, I’ll be in the best shape of my life. That’s what I’m looking for.’ and hoped the surgery would give her a fresh start, you have to wonder what her motivation was to do this a few weeks before being sentenced. Did she think she would somehow get out of jail time because of recovering from major surgery and needing the strict diet? We’ll never know, but it won’t be an easy journey and she will need all 44 days just to figure out how her body ‘works’ after this surgery. She had also indicated to ET that she would be open to a reality show documenting her weight-loss journey similar to Mama June. I’m not sure how she thought she would do that knowing she could be going to jail so, again maybe she thought she would get out of it. If only she would dish more in the next 44 days, but I’m sure she is saving it all up for a book. Whether you are a fan or not, I feel we should all wish her well, hope she has truly learned a huge life lesson from all of this and comes out motivation to do life on the right path and is an overall better, nicer Abby!
Written by Heidi
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Sources: ABC news, E! and ET websites
Photo credits: ABC News & Abby’s Instagram