Abby Lee Miller may have to scream at young dancers behind bars. The controversial star pleaded guilty to one count of failing to report more than $10,000 worth of U.S. dollars’ worth of Australian currency she brought into the U.S., and one count of bankruptcy fraud Monday in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania courtroom.
Miller has been charged with 20 counts of bankruptcy fraud, concealing assets, and one criminal count involving international monetary information. In short: she’s gotten herself into a real sh*t storm. If she’s convicted of the charges, the 49-year-old could face fines of up to $500,000 and a maximum of six to 10 years in prison.
“Throughout this case, Ms. Miller has taken both the allegations and the proceedings very seriously,” attorney Robert Ridge said in statement. “This has been a challenging time for Ms. Miller. She appreciates the words of encouragement and support from around the world.”
He added that her case will occur “after the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit resolves United States Vs. Free, a similar case addressing the issue of sentencing in a ‘zero loss’ bankruptcy.”
Last October the crazed dance teacher was accused of illegally trying to hide $775,000 worth of income from her popular Lifetime show Dance Moms and its spinoff while filing for Chapter 11. She initially pleaded not guilty.
“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,” Miller said in a statement issued to Entertainment Tonight through Ridge last week. “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 will remain free on bond and allowed to travel until her sentencing on October 11.