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Dance Moms Star Abby Lee Miller is Indicted for Bankruptcy Fraud

22-Oct-2015

When I was dating my wife I thought that we had similar tastes in TV shows and movies. It was only after we were married that I realized that we have very, very different tastes in media. But that's ok, we both humor each other and will watch and try to enjoy what the other wants to watch.

One of the TV shows that I don't care for, but my wife absolutely loves, is "Dance Moms". For the life of me, I cannot understand what is appealing about this show. The plot more or less exactly the same every episode. The parents' behavior is akin to the behavior you see on The Jerry Springer Show (I almost linked to a youtube video showing highlights of The Jerry Springer Show but I thought it might be inappropriate for a legal blog; oh well). And the host's voice, Abby Lee Miller, is grating to my ears. But, alas, my wife enjoys this show.

I was surprised to see, then, in the news that Abby Lee Miller was charged with bankruptcy fraud. Apparently she did not disclose all of her income when she filed her bankruptcy petition. The best part is how Judge Thomas Agresti found out about the income.

"'He was clicking through the channels one night and saw Ms. Miller’s 'Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,' ads for 'The Maniac is Back' and her appearance on 'American Idol.''I realized that there’s an awful lot of money coming into this plan, this case,' the judge said during a 2013 hearing, 'and it hasn’t been disclosed.'"

I occasionally have clients that do not want to disclose certain income, transfers, or assets on their bankruptcy petition. This is a very bad idea. Rule 9011 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure states that an attorney must make a reasonable inquiry into the client's situation and circumstances. Any good bankruptcy attorney will not sign a petition that does not fully disclose all the information requested on the petition. Be sure to be honest and truthful with your bankruptcy attorney.

Posted by Sean Wood

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