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'Dance Moms' star's guilty plea over $As

Associated Press Associated Press 28/06/2016

Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller has pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and failing to report thousands of dollars in Australian currency she brought into the country.

Miller pleaded guilty to one count of concealing bankruptcy assets and one count of structuring international monetary transactions.

She was charged last year with illegally trying to hide $US775,000 ($A1.06 million) worth of income from the Lifetime network reality show and spin-off projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Authorities later accused her of dividing more than $US120,000 into plastic bags and having others in her group put the bags in their luggage in August 2014, violating a law requiring people to report bringing more than $US10,000 worth of foreign currency into the country.

Miller, who remains free on $US10,000 unsecured bond, issued a statement last week accepting responsibility for what she called "mistakes."

Defence lawyer Robert Ridge said in a statement on Monday that it had been "a challenging time" and that Miller "appreciates the words of encouragement and support from around the world".

Miller was scheduled for sentencing on October 11, though the date could be moved pending the outcome of another, similar bankruptcy case now before the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals that could affect her sentence.

Prosecutors said guidelines call for a sentence of 24 to 30 months, but the defence contends that her creditors incurred no loss, meaning the sentence could range from probation to up to six months.

Her reality show Dance Moms follows her young students and their involved mothers, who attend practices and performances and openly clash with the brash Miller over her criticism of their daughters.

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