When Abby Lee Miller completed two courses while behind bars, the Dance Moms star couldn't help but brag on social media about her accomplishments. Showing off her jail certificates in personal finance and real estate she received last month, Abby wrote she was proud of herself and reminded her followers it's never too late.
However, a former inmate is now claiming the courses are scams and considered a "joke" by most attendees. "These classes are required classes and taught by other inmates because Victorville has no officer right now in the education department,” the inmate told Radar Online. "These classes are important to the Bureau of Prisons and to the Department of Justice because they show that they are trying to rehabilitate the prisoner."
Apparently, it is all a setup and the inmates who teach the class get their friends to sign up — even if they don't plan to show up. "The warden at Victorville had to have this offered to Abby to fulfill her performance plan," the inmate continued, "but this does not mean she really even learned anything at all." Whatever the case, it's good to see Abby focusing on herself and trying to learn from her mistakes.
The famous choreographer pled guilty to fraud in 2015 after it was discovered she hid more than $700,000 in earnings during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in 2011. She has since apologized, and it is being reported she is expected to be released from jail in June 2018.
"It's a fact of life, I made mistakes," Abby, 51, told podcast hosts Theo Von and Matthew Cole in September 2016. "I thought I was doing the right thing, I thought I had guidance. I thought I was on the up and up, and I wasn't. I think if I didn't have a sense of humor and I couldn't crack some jokes now and then I would have already gone insane.”