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Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Money Laundering

See what she had to say for herself

Megan Vick

Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering.

Miller admitted in a Pennsylvania court on Monday to committing the crimes, according to The Wrap. Miller was indicted in October on charges of concealing more than $675,000 of income from appearing on Dance Moms between 2012 and 2013 when her dance studio, the Abby Lee Miller Dance Company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The choreographer also copped to smuggling almost $150,000 in Australian currency without declaring it to the proper authorities.

"Events over the past several months have been extremely challenging for me, my family, my friends and most important, my students," Miller told The Associated Press in a statement. "Because of this I made the very difficult decision to close the door on this chapter of my life by accepting responsibility for mistakes I have made along the way."

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Dance Moms made Miller a household name. The show centers on her abrasive approach to choreographing her young student dancers that inevitably leads to fights with the girls' mothers. The indictment claims that Miller hid income not only from Dance Moms, but also fromthe series' three spin-offs and merchandise lines.

"I appreciate all the wonderful messages of support I've received from around the world and look forward to the future and getting back to my life's work: helping young dancers fulfill their potential," Miller said in her statement.

Dance Moms finished its sixth season on Lifetime this past spring. TVGuide.com has reached out to Lifetime for comment about whether Miller's legal troubles will affect the show's potential Season 7.