'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller indicted on bankruptcy fraud charges
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/14/2015
Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller has found herself in some serious legal trouble.
A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, PA, has slapped Miller with a 20-count indictment on charges of bankruptcy fraud.
According to a statement released by United States Attorney David J. Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania, Miller has been charged with defrauding bankruptcy court by hiding assets and lying about her income fromDance Moms and its spinoffs.
After filing a petition to reorganize her dance studio in December 2010, Miller allegedly concealed earnings from her TV shows as well as Masterclass dance sessions and merchandise sales between 2012 and 2013. She also allegedly created bank accounts through which she hid the money and made numerous false declarations about her income.
Miller concealed approximately a total of $755,492.85 from the bankruptcy trustee and creditors, according to the indictment.
Miller, 50, could face five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each indictment count.
Dance Moms debuted on Lifetime in July 2011. Set in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, CA, the show is primarily filmed at the Abby Lee Dance Company studios, where Miller teaches young girls and takes them to dance competitions. She also deals with a lot of drama surrounding their mothers.
Dance Moms' fifth season just wrapped in August. The series, which inspired three spinoffs, has been renewed for a sixth season.