Former Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud and concealing money earned abroad.

The reality TV dance instructor was also sentenced to two years of probation after her release.

On top of that, she was ordered to pay a $40,000 (£30,000) fine.

Abby Lee Miller is probably best known for teaching the child dancer in the videos for Sia tracks Chandelier and Elastic Heart, Maddie Ziegler.

Sia and Maddie Ziegler

Image caption Maddie Ziegler first appeared on Dance Moms in 2011 aged eight and left the show last year

Abby Lee Miller, 50, pleaded guilty to concealing approximately $755,000 (£583,000) in income she’d earned in 2012 and 2013 after filing for bankruptcy in 2010 to reorganise her Abby Lee Dance Company business.

Her company left bankruptcy proceedings in 2013.

The reality TV star was also ordered by the judge to give up $120,000 (£92,600), the amount of money which prosecutors said Abby Lee Miller transported in foreign currency to the US from places like England and Australia in 2014, without disclosing it on arrival back in America.

Abby Lee Miller with children from her dance show

Image caption Abby Lee Miller visited Australia with the cast of Dance Moms in 2015

A representative for Lifetime, which produces and broadcasts Dance Moms, declined to comment on the case.

Representatives for Abby Lee Miller haven’t responded to requests from the Reuters News agency.

Charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets and false bankruptcy declarations were first filed in October 2015.

Maddie Ziegler and Abby Lee Miller

Questions about the fraudulent activity were raised after a bankruptcy judge watched one of Abby Lee Miller’s spin-off shows and said he doubted her claim that she didn’t have any cash.

Abby Lee Miller was known for her bossy and brash teaching style on Dance Moms, a reality TV show about the competitive world of dancing that premiered in 2011.

The instructor announced that she’d be leaving the show after seven seasons in an Instagram post in March.

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The new temporary host of Dance Moms is former Dancing With The Stars professional Cheryl Burke.

She’s acting as a guest choreographer but US reports suggest a decision hasn’t been made yet on whether the reality show will be renewed for an eighth series.

She’s filling in for the remainder of filming for the seventh season.

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