May 10, 2017 5:02 PM
Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star Abby Lee Miller was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison for hiding $775,000 worth of income and bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the U.S. without reporting it.
U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti also fined Miller $40,000 — on top of the $120,000 in currency she’s forfeiting as part of guilty pleas entered last year — and ordered her to spend two years on probation after prison.
Miller, 51, filed for bankruptcy, just as her star was rising in late 2010, after defaulting on a $245,000 Florida condominium mortgage and a $96,000 mortgage on her Abby Lee Dance Company studio in Penn Hills, a Pittsburgh suburb.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Melucci told the judge that Miller went from being a “dance mom in the bankruptcy case to dance con” by hiding her income.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Agresti nearly approved a plan to let Miller repay her creditors at lower interest rates and longer terms before he saw her on TV one night and figured she must be making far more than the $8,899 in monthly income she initially declared. It’s a crime to deceive a bankruptcy judge about one’s income and assets because that information is used to determine how much and how soon creditors will receive in the court-ordered repayment plan.
Miller eventually coughed up $288,000 in TV income she didn’t initially report in 2012, then federal investigators found she’d hidden nearly $550,000 more from personal appearances, dance sessions and merchandise sales.
Defense attorney Robert Ridge asked the judge to not hold Miller’s celebrity against her, saying Miller “was ill-equipped to deal with the brand that she became.”
The “Dance Moms” star was known for her brash behavior and pursuit of perfectionism from her dance students. The show followed a class of Miller’s elite students and the perilous relationship she has with the girls’ mothers. Critics of “Dance Moms” accused Miller of being emotionally abusive toward the girls, and many episodes show her students dissolving into tears after a harsh critique.
Miller announced in March that she was leaving the show. She’s now working out of a dance studio near Los Angeles, and Conti agreed to recommend that federal prison officials let her serve her sentence as close to her new business base of operations as possible. Miller must report to prison in a few weeks.
Ridge told the judge that Miller accidentally became famous when she let TV producers use her studio for a show about young dancers, only to have the producers center the show on Miller after her fiery encounter with an angry parent.
Conti told Miller that the prison sentence and other punishments are “not about the fame. It’s really about what anyone who’s going to commit bankruptcy fraud” will face. “There’s going to be serious consequences,” Conti said.
Miller told the judge that she opened a bank account not authorized by the court so she could pay bills and otherwise run her business affairs while he bankruptcy proceedings ground on. Melucci contends Miller was “extremely arrogant” and opened the account so she could receive and spend income away from Judge Agresti’s prying eyes to “satisfy her enormous greed.”
“‘Dance Moms’ became a hit and I became a laughingstock of reality TV,” Miller told the judge, referring both to her on-camera persona and her later legal troubles. “Why didn’t I hold myself to the same standard I hold my dancers to? Had I done that, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Apr 29, 2017 8:32 AM
I woke up at 6am this morning with this on my mind. Having prior conversation with a friend last night upset me. This article is coming from my observations, experiences, marriage, and divorce. First off let's begin with your child or children are a gift from God. Secondly they did not ask YOU to be here. So state or vicissitude of life or fortune, here is a baby. Now the baby is here what kind of Mother are you going to be?
You love this child nuture this child, education, growth, strength, courage, family, understanding human differences. Now as you go thru life marriage, separated, single parent what legacy will you leave your child or children. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY?
I get so perterb with you Mothers that hold your child or children hostage for the money. Here are a few examples I have observed. 1. Don't pay child support, he don't see his child. (so now your child has become a commodity) 2. I need all that support check to pay my bills. (in the meantime where is the child's clothes, shoes, hair done, after school activities) 3. You can't keep a budget so your always using the child or children's money to make up for your mistakes! 4. Your child or children are at the age to work and help. (your oppportunity to teach them financial education. Instead you take most of their money earn, and then make them feel guility for wanting to keep any for themselves) 5. You make the child or children feel like a burden on you. (You made the choice to open your legs and become pregnant).
AGAIN, A CHILD OR CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM GOD! PERIOD!
So this is how you handle your gifts? What are you like on your Birthdays or Christmas time? You sit back and take a pause about all the mental anquish in this country today, and forget it begins at home, the root of the source.
Who doesn't want or need money? Using your children to get it, is a sad commentary for a Parent(s). Some folks will use their kids just to get a Welfare check or a SSI check. Use their names for bills or credit. (when they are grown wonder why they have no credit, it has already been burned by your Parent.) Karma is a bitch, and know one but God knows when pay day is coming OK!!!!!
Teach your child or children the value of money and how to use it. Not hold them hostage for your own benefits. Look at yourself, how are you living. Are you living above your means? Then take a course in basic economics help yourself, and family. We are not always taught about money when we grow up. We see Parent(s) paying the bills, but don't understand the process of why. If your receive child support or not the main rememberance is the gift that God has place in your hands to grown and nuture. Money will not give you that love a child has for you total and unconditional. Not understanding what money is gives them fear of not having enough. If know one has told you today that they love you, well I do!
Thank you, Lennis
Our reality is carefully constructed by powerful corporate, political and special interest sources in order to covertly sway public opinion. Blatant lies are often televised regarding terrorism, food, war, health, etc. They are fashioned to sway public opinion and condition viewers to accept what have become destructive societal norms.
The practice of manipulating and controlling public opinion with distorted media messages has become so common that there is a whole industry formed around this. The entire role of this brainwashing industry is to figure out how to spin information to journalists, similar to the lobbying of government. It is never really clear just how much truth the journalists receive because the news industry has become complacent. The messages that it presents are shaped by corporate powers who often spend millions on advertising with the six conglomerates that own 90% of the media: General Electric (GE), News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. Yet, these corporations function under many different brands, such as Fox, ABC, CNN, Comcast, Wall Street Journal, etc, giving people the perception of choice.
“As Tavistock’s researchers showed, it was important that the victims of mass brainwashing not be aware that their environment was being controlled; there should thus be a vast number of sources for information, whose messages could be varied slightly, so as to mask the sense of external control.” ~ Specialist of mass brainwashing, L. Wolfe
New Brainwashing Tactics Called Astroturf
With alternative media on the rise, the propaganda machine continues to expand. Below is a video of Sharyl Attkisson, investigative reporter with CBS, during which she explains how “astroturf,” or fake grassroots movements, are used to spin information not only to influence journalists but to sway public opinion.
“Astroturf is a perversion of grassroots. Astroturf is when political, corporate or other special interests disguise themselves and publish blogs, start facebook and twitter accounts, publish ads, letters to the editor, or simply post comments online, to try to fool you into thinking an independent or grassroots movement is speaking.” ~ Sharyl Attkisson, Investigative Reporter
How do you separate fact from fiction? Sharyl Attkisson finishes her talk with some insights on how to identify signs of propaganda and astroturf.
Here is a summary of astroturf tactics. Once you’re aware of them, you will notice just how popular they have truly become:
- Creating of Wikipedia pages, monitored by corporations.
- Creating a social media presence, including Facebook and Twitter accounts, run by paid professionals.
- Secretly funding non-profit organizations to create third-party support and web presence.
- Search engine optimizing web pages such as blogs and third-party sites that support a specific agenda.
- Financing industry research that is deceitfully presented as independent opinion.
- Funding experts working on unrelated projects, while in reality creating paid consultants.
These methods are used to give people the impression that there is widespread support for an agenda, when, in reality, one may not exist. Astroturf tactics are also used to discredit or criticize those that disagree with certain agendas, using stereotypical names such as conspiracy theorist or quack. When in fact when someone dares to reveal the truth or questions the ‘official’ story, it should spark a deeper curiosity and encourage further scrutiny of the information.
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