PITTSBURGH (AP) – Defense attorneys for former “Dance Moms” reality star Abby Lee Miller spent the day trying to chip away at about $775,000 in income that federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say she tried to hide from a bankruptcy judge.
The amount is important because it will drive the sentence 51-year-old Miller receives for her bankruptcy fraud plea last year.
Prosecutors want her to spend 2½ years in prison, while her attorneys are hoping she’ll get probation.
Dance Moms show up in court for Abby Lee Miller’s sentencing. They arent supporting Abby pic.twitter.com/nK3KdWCOrW
— Lynne Hayes-Freeland (@PghLynne) May 8, 2017
The hearing is being held Monday.
Miller’s attorneys questioned an FBI agent about his calculations of Miller’s alleged misstatements before calling her bankruptcy attorney to explain her case.
The judge already has filed tentative findings essentially agreeing with the defense that Miller deserves probation because no creditors lost money once the bankruptcy fraud was discovered.
Some spectators were in court, but said they were not there to support Miller.
“We’re just here to see what they have to say about it, we’re here to support our taxes, everyone else is paying taxes, she should be paying taxes,” Diane Pent, whose daughter attended Miller’s dance school, said.
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