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“Dance Moms” Star Abby Lee Miller Discussing Plea Deal in Bankruptcy Fraud Case

Abby Lee Miller, the host of popular reality TV show “Dance Moms,” may be on the verge of reaching a plea agreement in her bankruptcy fraud case.

Federal authorities began an investigation into Miller last year after the judge handling her bankruptcy case watched “Dance Moms” and wondered why Miller had not listed any income from the show on her bankruptcy documents.

Miller was indicted in October 2015 on 20 different counts of fraud in connection with her bankruptcy filing. Although Miller was indicted eight months ago, the case is still stuck in the pretrial stage.

The most recent court filing by Miller’s attorneys states that they are currently talking to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and “attempting to reach an agreement concerning the potential discovery issues.”

Importantly, it appears possible that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is willing to give Miller a deal that will allow her to avoid prison time. Sources said that federal prosecutors would like to see Miller pay a very large monetary fine; in exchange, the reality television star would stay out of jail and instead be placed on probation.

If a pre-trial agreement does not happen and the case eventually heads to trial, Miller would be subject to significant criminal penalties, including a sentence of five years in federal prison and fines that could total $5 million.

Although she is reportedly engaged in plea negotiations with prosecutors, Miller has said that she did not intentionally hide her assets when filing for bankruptcy. At an arraignment held in November 2015, Miller pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges.

For more information about this case, view the article, “‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller in Plea Deal Talks for $5M Fraud Case; Seeks Another Delay from Judge.”


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