As Life & Style previously reported, Abby Lee Miller is currently in jail on fraud charges after she was sentenced on May 9 to one year and one day behind bars. “I feel relieved, I feel peaceful,” the 50-year-old told Entertainment Tonight shortly after. “I know that I didn’t make the right decisions all the time.”
But things have been anything but peaceful for the Dance Moms alum since she entered the Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville, CA, on July 12. “She has these fits of hysterical crying,” former Victorville inmate Holli Coulman previously told Life & Style. “A very good friend of mine described it as ‘bats–t crazy crying.’ She’s been cleaning the bathrooms, toilets, and showers. The staff shine flashlights in her face and make comments, and the inmates want to see her taken down a peg.”
Abby was indicted for fraud in October 2015 after allegedly creating a secret bank account to hide $775,000 worth of income from her Lifetime series as well as other projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The reality star filed for bankruptcy in December 2010 after owing more than $400,000 in taxes.
Abby pled guilty to the charge in January and forfeited $120,000 in Australian currency that she had brought into the country illegally. “Throughout this case, Ms. Miller has taken both the allegations and the proceedings very seriously,” her attorney, Robert Ridge, previously told People magazine. “This has been a challenging time for Ms. Miller. She appreciates the words of encouragement and support from around the world.”
This isn’t the Florida native’s first run-in with the law. In 2014, one of her former dancers, Paige Hyland, filed an emotional distress lawsuit against the studio owner. It was later dropped. Her mom also accused producers of encouraging a violent and combative atmosphere to attract viewers.
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