Abby Lee Miller checked into prison yesterday at the FCI Victorville facility at 12:25pm, an hour and a half before the 2pm cut-off deadline. The reality TV star, of course, had cameras in tow as she waved goodbye to the outside world and made her transformation into an inmate.
The former Dance Moms star was convicted of not declaring money brought across the United States border and for committing bankruptcy fraud to the tune of $775,000. Abby Lee Miller didn’t go down without swinging, however, as she blamed Melissa Gisoni, mother of her prize pupils, Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, for being in on her scheme.
It was previously reported by Inquisitr that Abby Lee Miller was employing Will Ferrell’s strategy in the film, Get Hard, to try and ensure her safety and a successful run in prison. However, TMZ has obtained more information about the star’s strategy for getting through her 12-month run in the clink.
Abby Lee Miller’s consultants told her to stay close to any star-struck inmates who might protect her for being on Dance Moms or who have watched her show in the past. This would be advantageous, especially as some inmates might take to bullying her because of her fame.
In minimum security prisons, celebrities are often with the general population unless there is an outstanding issue. Both Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton spent their time in prison segregated from the rest of the population due to worries about other inmates harassing them.
Abby Lee Miller was also told to get close to the correctional officers to ensure that she gets a good job while she’s locked up. These favorable jobs include cooking classes, accounting, and cosmetology. Although she hasn’t expressed an interest in what kind of job assignment she would like to have on the inside, it would be rather ironic for a woman charged with fraud to work in the accounting office of a prison.
The star has previously stated that she is worried that she might be physically assaulted or raped during her time in prison but paid for two months of counseling to ensure there isn’t much of a possibility of that occurring.
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