If found guilty, Abby Lee Miller could end up behind bars for as long as her show has been on TV.
The Dance Moms star was indicted Tuesday by a Pittsburgh grand jury on 20 counts of fraud. Miller is alleged to have hidden more than $755,000 in earnings from the Lifetime reality series produced by Collins Avenue Production and related businesses from the courts and the taxman. All of which could end up costing Miller five years in prison and more than $5 million in fines if convicted. ?Criminal prosecution is appropriate when debtors corrupt the bankruptcy process through deceit and lies before the court,? said U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton bluntly today announcing the indictment, reports Yahoo.
According to International Business Times, hours after news broke of Miller?s fraud charges, Miller?s former student, Brooke Hyland, tweeted a telling phrase. As noted by dozens of ?Dance Moms? fans, the 17-year-old simply posted the word “karma” to her account.
While Brooke’s mom, Kelly Hyland, who left the show with her daughters in February 2014 after an on-screen fight with Miller, has not publicly commented on her former co-star’s charges, she was in the mood to celebrate Wednesday. The reality star posted a shot of a cocktail on Twitter, making sure to tag fellow former ?Dance Moms? star Christi Lukasiak. The caption simply read ?cheers.?
As per the website, Miller filed a Petition to Reorganize for her dance studio way back in 2010. As per the petition, Abby Miller concealed her income for a year in between 2010 and 2013. This income came from her show and as well as her TV Show spin offs, merchandise sales, and her masterclass dance sessions.
As per the indictment’s allegations, Miller created several bank accounts to conceal her income. She then made numerous false declarations during her monthly reports. As per the news website, Abby Lee Miller hid a total amount of $755,492.85, reports Realty Today.