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'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller Accused of Money Laundering, Says She Plans to Take 'Responsibility for Mistakes' in Court

by Jackie Willis 12:23 PM PDT, June 21, 2016
Playing 'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller Accused of Money Laundering, Says She Plans to Take 'Responsibility for Mistakes' in Court

Abby Lee Miller is scheduled to appear in court next Monday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on charges that she failed to report more than $10,000 worth of Australian currency she brought into the country and bankruptcy fraud.

Miller, 49, was first accused last October of illegally trying to hide $775,000 worth of income from Dance Moms and the Lifetime show's spinoff projects when she filed for Chapter 11. At the time, she pleaded not guilty. On Monday, federal prosecutors added a currency reporting charge, and are asking that Miller pay at least $120,000, though it is unclear if that equals the amount she allegedly failed to report when she returned to the states in August 2014.

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"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," Miller said in a statement to ET that was issued through her Pittsburgh-based attorney, Robert Ridge. "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 lawyers would not elaborate as to whether this statement means she will be pleading guilty to all, some or any of the criminal charges she faces. Her rep tells ET that when Miller says "this chapter" of her life in the statement, she's only referring to the criminal charges, and not her work on Dance Moms.

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In December 2015, Miller spoke to ET ahead of the Dance Moms season six premiere about how she deals with the obstacles that come her way. "My parents taught me, 'Hey, you go back in there tomorrow and you put your chin up in the air and do this, that and the other thing and you ignore those people," she said.

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