But why exactly was Abby Lee Miller in jail? Let's revisit.
Abby Lee Miller was sentenced to 366 days in prison in 2017 after being convicted of bankruptcy fraud. She was also given two years of supervised release, and a fine of $40,0000.
Here's exactly what went down: The whole case started when Abby Lee defaulted on a $245,000 Florida condominium mortgage, and a $96,000 mortgage on her dance studio outside Pittsburgh, where Dance Moms was filmed. She reportedly told Extra, Im just a nice Catholic girl from Pittsburgh. I know that I am not a criminal mastermind. I listened to the wrong people. I trusted people.
Then, during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in 2012 to 2013, Abby Lee allegedly hid $775,000 of her Dance Moms earnings in secret bank accounts, per the LA Times . Not to mention, she also smuggled $120,000 of Australian currency into the country without declaring it at customs.
Abby Lee would have gotten away with it, too, if not for a "channel-surfing judge" who saw her on television while working on her bankruptcy case. He "concluded she must be making far more than the $8,899 in monthly income she initially declared," according to the Associated Press .
Abby Lee wound up serving about eight months of her one-year prison sentence, and was released to a halfway house in March 2018, per USA Today .
So there you have it, that's why Abby Lee Miller wound up serving time in prison.