'I have to take the punishment': Abby Lee Miller takes full responsibility for criminal acts as she talks bankruptcy fraud charges
This controversial reality star could face up to two and a half years in prison.
And Abby Lee Miller is willing to own up to her mistakes as she spoke to People on Wednesday.
The 50-year-old dance instructor said she takes full responsibility of wrongdoing after being indicted on bankruptcy fraud charges.
Confession: Abby Lee Miller, 50, said she takes full responsibility of wrongdoing after being indicted on bankruptcy fraud charges; (pictured March)
'I made mistakes and I trusted people, but ultimately I have to take responsibility,' Miller said.
'I have to take the blame. I have to take the punishment,' she continued.
'I never ran a family business, never did the books... now we’re finding out that money was going right and left, and I didn’t know that,' she added.
Hands up: 'I have to take the blame. I have to take the punishment,' Miller said
A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh indicted Miller on bankruptcy fraud charges in October 2015 for hiding more than $755,000 in secret accounts after making false claims about her income.
According to the 20-count indictment, Miller plotted to defraud the bankruptcy court after filing a petition to reorganize her dance studio in December 2010.
The dance instructor allegedly hid income earned from Dance Moms-related shows, dance sessions and merchandise sales between 2012 and 2013.
Under the mattress: The dance instructor allegedly hid income earned from Dance Moms-related shows, dance sessions and merchandise sales between 2012 and 2013
She even instructed others to hide income from the court, the indictment alleges.
Investigators found emails between Miller, her accountant and another partner with the subject line 'LETS MAKE MONEY AND KEEP ME OUT OF JAIL.'
She allegedly wrote, 'DON’T PUT CASH IN THE BANK!!!'
Treated like dirt: She told Access Hollywood's Kit Hoover why she felt Dance Moms took such a toll; (pictured last week)
All by myself: 'I made mistakes and I trusted people, but ultimately I have to take responsibility,' Miller continued
Miller said goodbye to her popular show Dance Moms as she announced her resignation in an Instagram post last week.
She accused officials behind the Lifetime show of treating her “like dirt” after she wrapped filming for season 7B.
'FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/ SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES, AND COSTUMING - TO NO AVAIL,' she captioned the snap.
Farewell: Miller said goodbye to her popular show Dance Moms as she announced her resignation in an Instagram post; (pictured last week)
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