Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller is heading to prison

A US federal judge in Pittsburgh has sentenced former Dance Moms reality TV star Abby Lee Miller to a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud and bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the US without reporting it.

The judge also ordered Miller, who pleaded guilty in both cases last year, to pay a $US40,000 ($54,000) fine and spend two years on probation following her release.

The sentencing hearing began in January and continued this week but was drawn out by arguments about how much financial harm was done, if any.

Prosecutors said she tried to cheat her creditors by hiding $US775,000 worth of income and deserved prison.
Abby Lee Miller on leaving Dance Moms

Miller's lawyers argued for probation, saying her creditors were made whole after the fraud was discovered.

In March it was announced that she would not return to Dance Moms and will be replaced by US Dancing with the Stars judge Cheryl Burke.

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