Abby Lee Miller has admitted to failing to declare thousands of dollars in Australian currency that she brought home to the US two years ago.
The choreographer and dance instructor illegally smuggled AU$120,000 in her colleague’s luggage when returning from an Australian tour in August 2014.
Miller yesterday pleaded guilty to violating currency laws over the incident, and also to one count of concealing bankruptcy assets after hiding $US755,000 in television earnings.
The 49-year-old filed for bankruptcy in 2010, but was later caught failing to declare $US228,000 income from Dance Moms and spin-off Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, as well as nearly $US550,000 in earnings from personal appearance, merchandise and dance sessions, reports People.
Miller, who is currently free on bond, last week issued an apology in which she owned up to her “mistakes”.
“I have made the 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. “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 fulfil their potential.”
Prosecutors said Miller could face a sentence of 24 to 30 months behind bars, but the defence argues that her creditors didn’t incur a loss, meaning the sentence could range from probation to up to six months.
She’s scheduled for sentencing on October 11.