Well, it just goes to show you that reality stars are just regular people in the eyes of the law. Lately, we have seen a lot of reality stars being sent to the big house. First, Apollo Nida from the “Real Housewives of Atlanta“ was sentenced to 8 years in the pen. More recently, Joe Giudice, from the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” was sentenced to federal prison for over 3 years. Earlier this year, “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller joined this infamous club.
Back in June of this year, Abby Lee Miller plead guilty to 20 counts of fraud. Abby filed for bankruptcy but failed to report her earnings from her Lifetime show, “Dance Moms“. It was reported that Abby concealed over $755,000 dollars in earnings, and went as far as to have her payments placed in her mother’s name. Since then a new charge of violating currency reporting laws has also been added to her long list of charges. Miller’s case has already seen its fair share of delays and extension since its inception. Recently, yet another extension has been granted to the reality star. Abby was originally scheduled to receive her sentencing on October 11th, but now a judge has ruled to grant Abby a 45-day extension. On August 26th, Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti announced the following in regards to Miller’s case:
“Upon consideration of the Joint Motion for Continuance of Sentencing Hearing filed by the United States of America and Defendant Abigale Lee Miller, it is hereby ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED that said Motion is GRANTED. It is further hereby ORDERED that sentencing of Defendant Abigale Lee Miller shall occur on December 2, 2016, at 1:00 P.M.”
Abby was granted this extra extension due to her legal team coming across a case that has similarities to hers. Abby’s legal team is hoping to gain some insight or guidance that could possibly help them with Abby’s case. The problem is that the case they are looking at is still in the process of being tried. Therefore, Judge Conti agreed to postpone Abby’s sentencing until that particular case has come to an end.
The punishment for Abby’s crime could have her paying a fine of $5 million dollars along with serving up to 5 years in prison. Abby and her legal team have made a deal with the feds that will most likely have her avoiding any major jail time.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you think these punishments the reality stars are receiving fit the crime? Do you think the judicial system should take it easy on them since they are celebrities? Let me know in the comments.
Written By: Ronda Brooks