TV News

‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller pleading guilty to fraud

‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller pleading guilty to fraud

dance moms abby lee miller pleading guilty to fraud 2016 gossip

Reality stars just can’t seem to realize that all eyes (meaning IRS) are on them the minute they open their mouths on television, and “Dance Moms” Abby Lee Miller proved to be no different. No one has learned from “Survivor’s” very first winner Richard Hatch that playing around and not claiming your money will surely land you in some major trouble.

The list of reality stars in trouble for playing funny with their money is endless now, but they never seem to learn.

“Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller is scheduled to plead guilty next week in Pittsburgh to bankruptcy fraud and failing to report more than $10,000 worth of Australian currency she brought into the country.

U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry issued orders scheduling Miller’s guilty pleas for Monday shortly after she issued a statement to The Associated Press saying she accepts responsibility for the charges.

Miller issued the statement after federal prosecutors added the currency reporting charge. She’s accused of violating a law in August 2014 that requires people to report bringing more than $10,000 worth of foreign currency into the country. The documents also seek to have her forfeit at least $120,000, though prosecutors wouldn’t say whether that’s the value of Australian currency she failed to report.

Miller was first charged last fall with illegally trying to hide $775,000 worth of income from the Lifetime network reality show and spinoff projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Miller’s emailed statement was relayed through her Pittsburgh-based defense attorney Robert Ridge.

“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,” the statement said.

“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,” Miller’s statement concluded.

Miller’s publicist, Sheryl Main, said Miller’s statement about “this chapter” of her life refers only to the criminal charges, not her work on “Dance Moms.”

Miller is known for her outspoken, brash behavior and the pursuit of perfectionism from her students. Critics of “Dance Moms” accuse Miller of being emotionally abusive, and many episodes show her students in tears. The show was based out of her dance studio in Penn Hills, a Pittsburgh suburb, which is why the charges were filed in Pittsburgh even though Miller now lives in Los Angeles.

The investigation began when a channel-surfing bankruptcy judge saw Miller on TV in December 2012 and figured she had to be making more than the $8,899 in monthly income she was claiming.

The FBI and other agencies eventually determined Miller hid more than $228,000 in income from appearances on “Dance Moms” and a spin-off, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” and nearly $550,000 more from personal appearances, dance sessions and merchandise sold through her website.

Click to add a comment
TV News
@movietvtechgeek

Editor for television news. She writes it as she sees it and many have the war wounds to show for it.

More in TV News

agents of shield gets ghost rider all fired up for inferno dynamics 2016 images

‘Agents of SHIELD’ gets Ghost Rider fired up for Inferno Dynamics

Marius MaronillaDecember 7, 2016
the walking dead 707 sing me a song aka carls new daddy 2016 images

‘The Walking Dead’ 707 Sing Me A Song aka Carl’s new daddy

Shane MclendonDecember 5, 2016
erin karpluk talks about her time on supernatural 2016 interviews

Erin Karpluk talks about her times on ‘Supernatural’

Carol HanssonDecember 5, 2016
trevor noah proves himself with tomi lahren black lives matter debate 2016 images

Trevor Noah proves himself with Tomi Lahren Black Lives Matter interview

The Curvy Girl DivaDecember 5, 2016
how directv ranks versus online tv services 2016 iamges

How DirecTV ranks versus online TV services

MTTG StaffDecember 4, 2016
supernatural 1207 rock never dies for rick springfields lucifer 2016 images.webp

‘Supernatural’ 1207 Rock Never Dies for Rick Springfield’s Lucifer

Marius MaronillaDecember 4, 2016
rick springfield talks supernatural and tapping into lucifer 2016 images

Rick Springfield talks ‘Supernatural’ and tapping into Lucifer

Carol HanssonDecember 2, 2016
Lisa Chandler talks supernatural stunts and catching jensen ackles private dancing 2016 images

Lisa Chandler talks ‘Supernatural’ stunts and Jensen Ackles private dancing

Carol HanssonDecember 1, 2016
agents of shield 407 deals with our devils aka doctor strange connection 2016 images

‘Agents of SHIELD’ 407 Deals with our Devils aka Doctor Strange connection

Marius MaronillaNovember 30, 2016

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription