Abby Lee Miller has accepted a plea deal and said she was guilty to one count of not reporting an international monetary transaction and one count of concealing bankruptcy assets. She now faces up to 30 months behind bars when she's sentenced on Oct. 11.
The shocking decision comes after prosecutors went after the Dance Moms star hard, initially demanding she be forced to spend five years in prison and pay a $5 million fine as a result of the 20 fraud charges originally filed against her.
"Sentencing in this case will occur after the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit resolves United States v. Free, a similar case addressing the issue of sentencing in a 'zero loss' bankruptcy," Miller's lawyers said in a statement after appearing with the Lifetime star in a Pittsburgh federal courtroom. "Throughout this case, Miss Miller has taken both the allegations and the proceedings very seriously. This has been a challenging time for Miss Miller . She appreciates the words of encouragement and support from around the world."
As RadarOnline.com reported, Miller has been fighting bankruptcy fraud charges against her for almost two years. She got into hot water with the feds after it came to light she may have used her staff to smuggle $120,000 in cash in Ziploc bags and their luggage from Australia to the United States.
"We have all this foreign cash," Miller, 49, blatantly texted an employee, showed evidence in the case. "Need a little money laundering."