Feds: Pittsburgh-area ‘Dance Moms’ star hid show income during bankruptcy

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller has been charged with hiding $775,000 worth of income from the Lifetime network reality show and spinoff projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh announced the bankruptcy fraud indictment Wednesday against the 50-year-old former resident of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania.

They say she hid income in 2012 and 2013 from her TV appearances as well as from dance sessions, merchandise and apparel sales.

According to the indictment, the owner of Abby Lee Dance Company gained favorable terms to restructure her debts by concealing the income.

The indictment says the scheme might not have been uncovered if the bankruptcy judge hadn’t seen her on TV while channel surfing.

Miller’s bankruptcy and defense attorneys didn’t immediately return calls Wednesday.

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