The Latest: Sentencing hearing begins for 'Dance Moms' star

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Posted: Jan 20, 2017 1:51 PM
The Latest: Sentencing hearing begins for 'Dance Moms' star

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on a two-day sentencing hearing for "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

The bankruptcy fraud sentencing hearing for "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has begun before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

Miller has already made a major concession on an unrelated charge that she sneaked $120,000 in foreign currency into the country from Australia in 2014. Miller has agreed to forfeit that money.

What remains at issue is whether Miller should serve prison or merely probation for hiding about $775,000 from a bankruptcy court after filing for Chapter 11.

Miller's attorneys are essentially arguing "no harm, no foul" and saying she shouldn't be imprisoned because those she owed money were repaid. But federal prosecutors say Miller tried to subvert the bankruptcy process and deserves prison.

Prosecution witnesses are testifying Friday. Defense witnesses will testify when the hearing concludes with her sentencing Feb. 24.

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1:15 a.m.

"Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller is scheduled to appear in Pittsburgh federal court Friday for the start of her sentencing hearing in her bankruptcy fraud case.

The two-day hearing won't wrap up until Feb. 24. It was scheduled so numerous witnesses could address a key question: Did Miller intend to cheat her creditors when she hid $775,000 in income from a bankruptcy court.

Prosecutors say Miller was dishonest and only fessed up to her real income after a bankruptcy judge saw her on TV in 2012 and figured she had to be lying. They're seeking a prison sentence of up to 30 months.

Miller's attorneys say their client simply got caught up in her fame and fortune, but always intended to repay her debts. They're seeking probation.