Reality TV figure is charged with bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets and false bankruptcy declarations in hiding over $755,000
“Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller has been indicted on charges of concealing her income from her stint on the Lifetime reality show in 2012 and 2013.
She is charged with bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets and false bankruptcy declarations in hiding over $755,000.
According to the indictment handed down Tuesday by U.S. Attorney David Hickton in Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania, Miller filed a Petition to Reorganize her dance studio in 2010 and “schemed to defraud the bankruptcy court” by hiding her income from “Dance Moms” and related spinoffs, including its merchandise sales. All in all, there have been three spinoffs.
The indictment claims she also “instructed others to conceal certain income from the bankruptcy court and Trustee.”
Federal agents charge that Miller created bank accounts to conceal her income from being an instructor on the show, which follows competitive young dancers and inevitably showcases conflicts between their mothers and Miller.
“The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, and a fine of $250,000 or both for each count of the indictment,” the official document read.
The show is currently in its fifth season and takes place in Los Angeles, where Miller opened her West Coast studio.