Looks like the sentencing of Dance Moms host Abby Lee Miller will be delayed further following her June 27 guilty plea after being indicted in October 2015 on 20 counts of fraud and a new charge this year of violating currency reporting laws. And this one she didn’t even ask for.
“Sentencing in the above captioned cases is tentatively set for Friday, December 2, 2016,” said U.S. Attorney David Hickton in paperwork (read it here) filed late last week in federal court in Pennsylvania. “Due to a scheduling conflict, government counsel is unavailable on that date …the Government respectfully requests that the sentencing date be continued until Friday, January 20, 2017, at a time convenient for the court.”
Along with its Consent Motion, the government submitted a proposed order for Judge Joy Flowers Conti to give the go-ahead to move everything until the same day as either President Donald Trump or President Hillary Clinton takes office — an order she is expected to approve.
Back in September, Miller and her lawyers sought and received an extension on the original sentencing date. In the just over a year-old case that has seen delay after delay and extension after extension, the final pre-sentencing report is now due to the court December 16 under the proposed order filed October 28.
With Season 6 of Dance Moms set to end on Lifetime next month, Season 7 of the show is currently in production in Los Angeles. Since originally entering a now-reversed not guilty plea in November 2015 and putting up a bond of $10,000, Miller has had to request permission from the court to travel internationally and to tell them when she is traveling domestically. The most recent approved travel order saw Miller in San Diego in September for Dance Moms and her lucrative dance classes. As well, Miller was in Dublin, CA on September 23-25 and in Tijuana, Mexico on October 8-9. Today, Miller and crew seem to be taking the day off for Halloween:
— Abby Lee Miller (@Abby_Lee_Miller) October 31, 2016
Having been charged by the feds last October and potentially facing $5 million in fines and up to five years in jail, the Dance Moms host was said to have hidden more than $755,000 in earnings from the Lifetime reality series from the courts and the taxman while going through an almost-resolved bankruptcy. As subsequent documentation revealed, Miller even had Dance Moms producers Collins Avenue Productions pay her mother fees that were due to her from the show to escape the notice of the courts.
That went on until around two years ago when bankruptcy Judge Thomas Agresti came across Dance Moms on TV one night. While watching, Agresti found himself wondering questioned why money from the Lifetime show wasn’t included as a part of the bankruptcy, which had Miller claiming a total income of $8,899 a month. That wondering soon turned into the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh pursuing the case of the missing money, and the charges against Miller resulted.
Miller is represented in this matter by Robert Ridge and Brandon Verdream of Pittsburgh’s Clark Hill PC.