It has been four years since a federal fraud investigation was launched into “Dance Moms” star Abigale Lee Miller, after a judge saw her on TB and questioned her declared income.
Miller pleaded guilty Monday to one count of concealing bankruptcy assets and one count of not reporting an international monetary transaction.
In 2010, Miller filed for a petition to “reorganize” her dance studio and hid money made from television and other studio transactions to swindle the bankruptcy court, says Us Weekly.
Apparently, the 50-year-old even ordered employees to smuggle between $120,000 – $150,000 from Australia to the U.S. in plastic bags.
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The reality TV star admitted that she did not disclose $675,00 when filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for her Pittsburgh dance studio.
Miller recently released the following statement about the burden of “accepting responsibility” for her actions:
“Events over the past several months have been extremely challenging for me, my family, my friends and most important, my students. Because of this I made the very difficult decision to close the door on this chapter of my life by accepting responsibility for mistakes I have made along the way. I appreciate all the wonderful messages of support I’ve received from around the world and look forward to the future and getting back to my life’s work; helping young dancers fulfill their potential.”
Special Agent in Charge Scott S. Smith of the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division condemned Miller in October 2015 for cheating the system:
“Federal bankruptcy proceedings can be a lifesaver for honest individuals overwhelmed by debt resulting from any number of legitimate reasons, but allegations of fraud and abuse threaten the integrity of the bankruptcy process and the public’s trust in it. We take our responsibility to pursue allegations of bankruptcy faux [sic] seriously.”
As Deadline reports, her lawyers are asking for no more than six months behind bars, but in reality, she could face up to 2.5 years in jail.
Regardless of what happens during her sentencing hearing on October 11, the consequences for her actions are far less than what they were initially, which were a $5 million fine and five years behind bars.