Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Leaves Prison, Gets Transferred To Halfway House
Abby Lee Miller is transferring to a halfway house from Victorville Federal Correctional Institution to serve the remaining two months of her one-year sentence.
The Dance Moms star has been in prison since July last year and is bound to be released on May 25. Miller is serving her sentence after she was indicted with 20 counts of fraud. The 51-year-old dance instructor was moved to the Residential Reentry Center in Long Beach, California, to finish her sentence.
After her release, Miller is set to be watched by authorities for two years. TMZ reported that the facility will give her the ample assistance she needs. She will also receive some counseling on job placement and employment as well as lectures on financial management on the halfway house. USA Today, meanwhile, describes halfway house as a means to help prisoners reintegrate back to society.
Jennifer Myers, a prison consultant, said that the center is not guarded by armed personnel but that it is still a secured location. She further added that Miller might not probably finish her sentence in the facility and will be allowed to go home after some time.
Miller's sentence stems from a 2015 fraud case, which had her $755,000 in income hidden from the government. The said amount came from her earnings in her Lifetime show, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, the spin-off of Dance Moms, and also from other projects.
The money was hidden in multiple accounts from 2012 to 2013, and Miller finally pleaded guilty in 2016. She was convicted last year in May, where she was set to serve 366 days in prison. Apart from this, the Dance Moms host will be paying $160,000 in fines.
However, this was a far cry from what she could have faced, five years in prison and $5 million in fines. So it is easy to say that Miller got a bargain for what she is facing. Moreover, the feisty choreographer then had fame to blame for her wrongdoings.
"Somehow you got caught up in the world of fame and you lost your moral compass," Miller said.
If there is something good Miller got from her service time, it is probably evident on her health. She reportedly lost a significant amount of weight, judging from the photo circulating when friends visited her at the prison.
She has accomplished another milestone as well, as she passed her real estate class early this year. Miller shared her diploma on her Instagram account.