Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller pleads guilty to money laundering
Abby Lee Miller pleads guilty to smuggling Australian currency into the US.
Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller has pleaded guilty to one count of failing to report Australian currency she brought into the US, and one count of bankruptcy fraud.
“We have all this foreign cash,” a text from Miller was revealed in evidence. “Need a little money laundering.” Miller supposedly had employees sneak more than $120,000 into U.S. from Australia in their luggage in Ziploc bags.
If convicted of charges, she could face fines of up to $500,000 and a maximum of six to 10 years in prison.
Miller, 49, was first accused last October of illegally trying to hide $775,000 worth of income from Dance Moms and spinoff projects when she filed for Chapter 11. At the time, she pleaded not guilty. Last week, federal prosecutors added a currency reporting charge, stemming from her return to the states in August 2014.
Miller had toured Australia in 2014 and returned in 2015 for appearances and the ASTRA Awards.
Dance Moms is set to return for the second part of its sixth season in the US in coming months.
Sentencing will take place on Oct. 11.