It looks like Abby Lee Miller’s bankruptcy fraud trial was delayed for a third time. The 49-year-old Dance Moms could face up to five years behind bars in addition to $5 million in fines if convicted.
Abby Lee Miller’s Bankruptcy Fraud Case
Miller filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010. Having been accused of hiding over $755,000 she earned from the Lifetime show she appears in, Miller plead “not guilty” to two counts of bankruptcy fraud, five counts of concealment of assets, and 13 counts of making false bankruptcy declarations last November.
Now it seems the case has been delayed for a third time. Miller’s legal counsel submitted a request for an extension at the end of January as they prepare their pretrial motions. According to the extension petition, the FBI was set to provide Miller’s attorneys with “two discs containing discovery material” during a meeting on Dec. 3, 2015.
But the material was not provided during the meeting and is currently being held at the FBI’s Pittsburgh office. The extension was filed because, according to court papers, Miller’s lawyers and the FBI have “not been able to coordinate a mutually available time” to review the new evidence.
The petition was granted, and Miller’s legal team has until March 1 to file pretrial motions.
There are typically four forms of bankruptcy fraud:
- intentionally hiding or concealing assets
- credit card fraud
- intentionally filing incomplete or incorrect forms
- Filing bankruptcy with false or real information in multiple states
Proving bankruptcy fraud can be difficult and requires proof that a defendant knowingly and fraudulently made a misrepresentation of material fact. A bankruptcy fraud conviction carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, or a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
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