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Abby Lee Miller isn’t the only one with debt issues! Dance wunderkind Maddie Ziegler’s mom filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy before her daughter shot to fame on Dance Moms!
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Years before the 13-year-old became a superstar in Sia’s music video, Kurt and Melissa Ziegler, who were married at the time, did a joint filing for bankruptcy in 2009, RadarOnline reported.
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According to documents, the family owed $1.2 million to creditors. While most of the debt was mortgages and taxes, the family owed more than a quarter-million dollars in credit card payments and jewelry.
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Radar reported that the family had average monthly expenses of over $8,000, including daycare and preschool for Maddie and Mackenzie, 11.
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The Ziegler’s aren’t the only ones with debt issues on Dance Moms! The ringleader, Miller, was indicted with 20 counts of fraud and facing charges of concealment of bankruptcy assets, false bankruptcy declarations and bankruptcy fraud.
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Abby faces up to five years behind bars on top of millions in fines and even her bitter rivals feel remorse for the dance teacher. “I feel bad she allowed herself to get into this situation,” Cathy Nesbitt-Stein of Candy Apples fame told OKMagazine.com. “You got to pay the piper. If you don’t, you get caught. I feel badly that she’s allowed an empire to take a bump in the road.”