Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller is facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud and money laundering in a Pittsburg, Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday.
In a recent statement to the Associated Press, the reality star says she accepts responsibility for her actions. "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."
Accused of attempting to conceal income from her successful reality show Dance Moms, Abby also pleaded guilty to failing to report thousands of Aussie dollars when she returned to The United States.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Abby has been charged with 20 counts of bankruptcy fraud, concealing assets and one criminal count involving international monetary information. Reports say that a total of $US775,000 of income from her spin-off series, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, was concealed by the star in 2012-’13; the same period in which she filed for bankruptcy.
Her attorney, Robert Ridge, recently told PEOPLE that Abby is taking both the charges and the proceedings very seriously. “This has been a challenging time for Ms. Miller. She appreciates the words of encouragement and support from around the world.”
Earlier this year, Reuters reported scandalous emails allegedly from Abby to her accountant were used as evidence against her in court. They read, “Let’s make money and keep me out of jail. Don’t put cash in the bank!!!”
Abby will remain free on bond and be allowed to travel until her fate is sealed later this year when she is sentenced in October.