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Imprisoned ex-'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller gets Lifetime special

Renatta Signorini
| Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 7:08 a.m.
Abby Lee Miller addresses reporters as she leaves federal court in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
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Abby Lee Miller addresses reporters as she leaves federal court in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

The Lifetime network will chronicle the final days before Pittsburgh native and former "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller became inmate No. 35991-068 in a two-hour special airing next week.

"Abby Tells All" — set to premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday — will feature a sit-down interview with the 51-year-old Miller, her final dinner with friends and her July 12 surrender to a California federal prison on bankruptcy fraud-related charges.

Miller is serving her yearlong sentence at medium-security federal penitentiary near Victorville, about 90 miles northeast of her home in Los Angeles. The case was prosecuted in Pittsburgh. A judge permitted Miller to serve her sentence in a prison close to her home.

In a promotional video for the special, Miller said during a sit-down interview that she "made lots of mistakes" and "I am taking the blame."

Miller was indicted for failing to report new income to the court as part of a 2010 bankruptcy filing connected to her Penn Hills dance studio. While she was still in bankruptcy, Miller became a reality TV star and began pulling in money — about $775,000 — from the shows, dance class events and other ventures.

A federal bankruptcy judge was ready to approve Miller's reorganization plan when he came across several of Miller's television appearances that she didn't disclose. Prosecutors said Miller sent emails to her accountant and business partner telling them not to put cash in her bank accounts or "raise any red flags."

She pleaded guilty in June 2016 to concealing assets during her 2010 Chapter 11 bankruptcy hearing and failing to report bringing more than $10,000 into the country from Australia in 2014.

On top of the prison time, Miller must pay a $40,000 fine and a $120,000 judgment for the currency-reporting violation charge.

Her release date is May 25, according to federal records.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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