No Quickstepping Out of This: Abby Lee Miller of ‘Dance Moms’ Indicted for Fraud
It's gonna be hard to shimmy out of this one: feared Dance Moms coach Abby Lee Miller has been indicted for bankruptcy fraud.
A federal indictment—which includes 20 separate counts—has accused Miller of withholding $750,000 from creditors in 2010, when she filed for bankruptcy, according to TMZ. The money, the site notes, came directly from Dance Moms and additional TV appearances. The indictment also alleges Miller hid additional income and routinely lied about the financial state of her dance studio.
Miller filed for bankruptcy in December 2010, citing assets of $325,000 but owing more than $400,000. Debt accrued from a mortgage and her dance studio, but she was able to eventually get out of the red after the Dance Moms 2011 premiere. She was officially out of debt in January 2014.
Last Wednesday (October 7), Miller tweeted that filming for Season 6 of Dance Moms had officially begun, urging her followers to "Get excited!" But the case could certainly throw a wrench into production—according to Cornell University Law School, successful conviction of bankruptcy fraud can include up to five years and prison, a $250,000 fine or both if authorities are able to prove intentional financial misrepresentation. We imagine there's an indefinite hiatus on the happy dance...
And, if Miller is put behind bars, can the show go on? As she, herself, once said: