Normal individuals do occasionally achieve extraordinary success. Those who become stars on reality TV shows certainly never expected to make millions of dollars or gain international fame and attention. They seemed to go from being utter unknowns who were living ordinary lives to becoming overpaid celebrities overnight. Some of these reality stars have learned how to increase their popularity. They successfully turned their programs into household names. They were able to get lucrative sponsorship deals. The Kardashians may serve as a model for anybody. However, not everyone was able to achieve the same level of success as Kim, Kourtney, Kylie, and Khloé. A small number of reality stars really went to prison after hitting rock bottom and getting themselves into circumstances from which neither their attorneys nor their public relations teams could extricate them.
1. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino
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The success of Jersey Shore and Jersey Shore: Family Vacation on MTV helped bring Mike Sorrentino to widespread attention. Mike’s early interests were pumping his fists, working out, sunbathing, and doing laundry. He was also quite interested in illegal activities. Mike was arrested in 2014 for tax evasion and received his sentence in 2018.
Along with his brother, he pleaded guilty and did his sentence. The good news is that Mike completely turned his life around between the time he violated the law and his time in prison. He made the moral choice, ditched his vices, and wed the woman who had been there for him through thick and thin. Mike was just discharged and is spending as much time as possible with his new bride.
2. Abby Lee Miller
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When she was convicted of bankruptcy fraud in 2015, the controversial Dance Moms actress danced her way into hot water. Miller may have been keeping some of her earnings hidden in offshore accounts. But in 2015, it finally caught up with her.
Miller was able to negotiate a sentence of one year in prison and two years of supervised release as part of a plea bargain. In April 2018, Abby was given yet another battle to fight after being diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma. Let’s raise a glass to Abby’s greater fortune in the year 2021!
3. Teresa And Joe Giudice
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Teresa and Joe Guidice were featured on The Real Housewives of New Jersey as a married couple. A total of forty-one counts of fraud were filed against Joe and his gorgeous woman; they included bankruptcy, mail, bank, and wire fraud.
Teresa was sentenced to fifteen months in jail, yet she was able to come home to her four lovely girls after serving only eleven. Once Teresa had returned home, Joe entered to begin serving his 41-month term. During the time apart, feelings of anger and distance developed. The well-known pair have decided to go their own ways.
4. Amber Portwood
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There have been several rogue mothers in the history of the Teen Mom series. The young moms had a lot of problems, and one of them even went to jail. Amber Portwood, mom of Leah and James, received a five-year term for a probation violation.
It took sixteen months for her to be freed from prison. Since reentering society, Amber has had a hard time keeping her mental health in check. She has almost gone back to prison, but she is determined to make better decisions for herself and her kids.
5. Kieffer Delp
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Janelle Evans, star of MTV’s Teen Mom, has dated some shady characters in her time. Kiefer Delp was previously Janelle’s boyfriend. Despite the advice of her friends and family, the then-19-year-old reality star relocated to New Jersey to be with Delp. Delp participated in some fairly dark pursuits.
Delp received a sentence of 36 months in prison but was freed after just 18 months due to his excellent behavior. However, such internal behavior was not reflected externally. He was only out for six days before he was arrested again. What, then, caused his re-arrest? Delp had been ordered to remain in Pennsylvania following his detention there. He disregarded the mandate and headed back to Jersey.
6. Big Ang
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Angela Raiola, the show’s main character and the persona behind the nickname “Big Ang,” was larger than life. Fans of the infamous criminal leader Salvatore Lombardi’s niece never had the impression that she was the retiring kind. She was always honest about her emotions, never compromised on her convictions, and never followed anybody else’s lead.
Big Ang may not have been as fearless as she appeared on her reality program after getting into problems with the cops. She was proven to be the mastermind of a criminal enterprise and given a thirteen-year prison term as a result. However, Ang was never incarcerated for the rest of his life. She was placed under house arrest for four years and given three years of probation after posting a $100,000 bail to be released.
7. Joshua Allen
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Even though Joshua Allen won the dancing competition on the popular TV show So You Think You Can Dancing, he gained notoriety for all the wrong reasons. In 2017, Allen spent a year in county prison for two incidents involving an ex-girlfriend.
A restraining order had been issued against the gifted dancer, but he nonetheless assaulted his ex-girlfriend twice, resulting in his current sentence of one year in prison.
8. Renee Alway
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Renee Alway was a regular on both America’s Next Top Model and its offshoot, Mandeville. The stunning model’s runway career was cut short when she was convicted of many offenses like armed burglary and conviction and was sentenced to twelve years in jail.
She ended up in legal trouble again after serving five of the twelve years for domestic violence.
9. Apollo Nida
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Phaedra Parks, from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta, is now Mrs. Apollo Nida. The powerful pair appeared to be blissfully married, but everything collapsed when Apollo ran afoul of the police.
Nida was accused of taking over fifty people’s identities and fraudulence totaling millions of dollars. For his crimes, he received an eight-year sentence, of which he served six before being released. He was only out on bail for a few days before he was brought back into jail for violating a minor technicality of his parole. The marriage of Apollo and Phaedra, who had two children together, has ended.
10. Joshua Tel Warner
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Deadliest Catch featured Josh Tel Warner for a brief period of time. Because of a severe legal infraction, he committed before landing his TV employment, his TV career didn’t last long.
Before securing the crab-catching profession, Joshua was on a little bank-robbing binge. Law enforcement officials were able to piece together that the real celebrity was responsible for the thefts after seeing his face on television. A nine-and-a-half-year sentence was handed down to Josh.
When some reality stars got into legal issues, that’s when things turned “for real.”
Reality show stars have been arrested for various crimes, including telemarketing schemes (like “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah) and tax evasion (like “Jersey Shore” star Mike Sorrentino).