Abby Lee Miller, star of the Lifetime network reality show, “Dance Moms” is scheduled to plead guilty to bankruptcy fraud and failure to report more than $10,000 worth of Australian currency she brought into the country.
Miller is accused of violating a law that requires people to report bringing more than $10,000 worth of foreign currency into the country. Court documents also seek to have her forfeit at least $120,000- although prosecutors would not confirm whether that is the value of Australian currency she failed to report.
The outspoken reality star was first charged last year with illegally trying to hide $775,000 worth of income from “Dance Moms” and spinoff projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The investigation was prompted after the bankruptcy judge in Miller’s case was channel-surfing one night and saw the reality star on TV in December 2012 and figured she had to be making more than the $8,899 in the monthly income she was claiming.
The FBI and other agencies determined Miller hid more than $228,000 of 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 personal website.
Bankruptcy trustees are experts at finding undisclosed cash, property, vehicles, boats, jewelry, antiques, and collectibles. If you are caught trying to hide assets, the consequences are big. Your discharge will be denied, and you will be unable to discharge the debts you listed in a subsequent bankruptcy filing. In addition, the potential penalty for bankruptcy crimes includes fines and imprisonment of up to five years.
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