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Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller is actually cracking jokes about her fraud charges

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Abby Lee Miller is facing jail time for fraud — and surprisingly, making light of the situation

Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller doesn't seem to be as worried about her fraud charges as she should be.

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Miller pleaded guilty to concealing assets and not reporting an international monetary transaction and will be sentenced in mid-October, but at the Bad Moms premiere, she was all smiles.

"I've made a lot of mistakes, but probably not as many as all those bad moms," she joked to reporters from the red carpet.

Miller, who runs the Santa Monica dance studio where Dance Moms takes place, is working hard to keep her business afloat during her legal battles — she even admitted that she considered selling the studio.

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"I have a business on Santa Monica Boulevard west of the 405. I pay this exorbitant rent and it's a set for a lifetime to shoot their television show, and it's also my dance studio," she shared. "It's a working dance studio. Just interviewing managers has been insane. Getting the right people to do the right jobs is what I need to do, and I need to do it myself."

She needs to control everything herself, she said, because, "I've just been too trusting out there, and I made mistakes along the way. You know, deal with the consequences."

On Oct. 11, Miller will find out her exact fate. She could be fined up to $5 million and face up to five years behind bars, though her lawyers are reportedly working on a plea bargain to reduce her maximum sentence to six months. On her decision to plead guilty, she told reporters, "Events over the past several months have been extremely challenging for me, my family, my friends and most important, my students. 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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