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Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Will Plead Guilty to Federal Charges

Illustration for article titled iDance Moms/i Abby Lee Miller Will Plead Guilty to Federal Charges

Abby Lee Miller’s financial woes have been getting more and more complicated since she filed for bankruptcy in 2010, even before her Lifetime show aired.


She began making money back with her show Dance Moms, but more charges from 2014 have complicated things further. Miller is charged with smuggling Australian currency into the country. The exact amount is unclear, but you’re required to declare anything more than $10,000. So, more than that.

U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry has scheduled a court appearance for Miller to plead guilty on Monday. Her Pittsburgh-based attorney Robert Ridge shared her statement with the AP:

“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,” the statement said.

“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’s statement concluded.

Miller’s publicist, Sheryl Main, said Miller’s statement about “this chapter” of her life refers only to the criminal charges, not her work on “Dance Moms.”


Investigations on Miller’s finances began when a bankruptcy lawyer happened to see her on TV and guessed there was no way she could only be making the $9,000 a month she claimed. The FBI and other agencies have since discovered that Miller was hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars from appearances and merchandising. But all that really matters is that she will live to yell at children again.

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Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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Miller is charged with smuggling Australian currency into the country

Serious crime. Could completely throw our delicate ecosystem out of whack.