Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Focuses on Work After Pleading Guilty to Fraud


Abby Lee Miller is focusing on work after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud and failure to report thousands of dollars in foreign currency on Monday, June 27.

The Dance Moms star shared an Instagram photo of a Southwest Airlines plane late Monday. She appeared to be jetting off somewhere after appearing in federal court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She also promoted her upcoming events on Instagram, including auditions this Friday, July 1, in Pittsburgh and a Q&A and photo op in Mexico on Sunday, July 3.

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The investigation began when a bankruptcy judge saw Miller’s TV show in December 2012 and guessed that she must be making more than the $8,899 per month that she was claiming.

Miller pleaded guilty to one count of concealing bankruptcy assets and one count of structuring international monetary transactions, The Associated Press reports. Last fall, she was charged with attempting to illegally hide $775,000 of income from her reality TV show, spinoffs, personal appearances, dance sessions and merchandise during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010.

Per The AP, Authorities also accused her of failing to report thousands of dollars in Australian currency that she brought back into the U.S. They claimed she put more than $120,000 in plastic bags and asked friends hide the money in their luggage in August 2014.

“Throughout this case, Ms. Miller has taken both the allegations and the proceedings very seriously,” her attorney Robert Ridge said in a statement to ABC News. “This has been a challenging time for Ms. Miller. She appreciates the words of encouragement and support from around the world.”

Miller’s sentencing is scheduled for October 11, but could be moved once another bankruptcy case — not involving Miller, but with similar circumstances — is resolved, according to The AP. The Lifetime star could face a sentence of 24 to 30 months in prison, but her lawyers argue that her creditors did not sustain any losses, so she should only face probation or a maximum of six months behind bars.

The last time Miller appeared in court was on November 2, when she pleaded not guilty to the charges of concealing assets.

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