Abby Lee Miller, a dance instructor in Pittsburgh who stars on the TV reality series "Dance Moms," was indicted on Oct. 14 on 20 criminal counts, including bankruptcy fraud. Miller opened a new dance studio in Santa Monica, California, a few months ago (video below).
According to BuzzFeed, Miller filed for bankruptcy in December 2010 when she was in debt for more than $350,000, but signed her "Dance Moms" contract four months later.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania claims that Miller later "schemed to defraud the bankruptcy court by concealing income [$755,492.85] she earned between 2012 and 2013 from her performances on the reality TV show 'Dance Moms' and related spinoff TV shows, as well as from Masterclass dance sessions and merchandise and apparel sales."
The government also claims Miller opened new bank accounts to hide some of this income and told other people to hide income from the bankruptcy court and the trustee.
She allegedly did not report some income or underreported other business income in her monthly operating reports.
Miller faces a $250,000 fine and/or a five-year jail sentence for each of the 20 counts that she has been charged with.
Sources: BuzzFeed, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania / Photo credit: Abbey Lee Miller/Twitter