'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller speaks out exclusively to ABC News

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She is the dance instructor known for her no-nonsense teaching style and pushing her students to the limit.

But now, 'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller's real-life, off-screen drama has her on her way to federal prison. Miller has been sentenced to a year plus one day behind bars, all along with a $40,000 fine and $120,000 money judgment. She is charged with bankruptcy, fraud and bringing an unreported $120,000 in foreign currency into the United States.

"A year and a day - it sounds like a movie title," says Miller.

Miller spoke exclusively to ABC's Linsey Davis in Pittsburgh, not too far from the studio that made the 51-year-old famous.

Davis: "From Chapter 11 to what is the next chapter for you?"
Miller: "To be a smarter businesswoman and also to worry about myself - I have spent so much time and so much energy making other people's children stars. I didn't have any children of my own - these were my kids, and I raised them like they were my kids."
Davis: "And you loved those kids?"
Miller: "I do."

Miller was originally indicted with fraud charges in 2015, allegedly hiding $775,000 in income from bankruptcy creditors pleading guilty to this charge in 2016.
Davis: "But the headlines say that you tried to hide the $755,000."
Miller: "I don't want to hear that number anymore."

Miller says she was not intentionally trying to hide the money.

"I wasn't ever trying to hurt anyone," she said.

The U.S. Attorney's office told ABC News, "This defendant secreted and structured profits that she derived outside the United States from performances by children,' adding that her actions 'undermine our justice system.'

Miller must report to prison in the next 44 days.

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