Inwood Man Arraigned on Grand Jury Charges in Bogus Check Scam
By Long Island News & PR Published: May 03 2014
Daniel Miller, 46, also faces sexual assault and conspiracy charges stemming from two separate incidents in 2012.
Mineola, NY - May 3, 2014 - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the arraignment today of an Inwood man on new charges from a Grand Jury indictment for stealing over $206,000 from three check processing businesses and two national technology and office supply companies.
Daniel Miller, 46, of Inwood, was arraigned today before Nassau County Court Judge Angelo Delligatti on a grand jury indictment charging him with Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree (a C felony), five counts of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree (a D felony), seven counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree (a D felony), and Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree (an E felony). Miller was originally arrested and charged in this case in September 2012.
Bail was set at $100,000 cash or bond. If convicted of the top charge, Miller faces up to 7-1/2 to 15 years in prison. He is due back in court on May 30.
“There is no such thing as a victimless crime – and this case involving the theft of thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise from five companies unlucky enough to cross this defendant’s path is no exception,” DA Rice said. “This case is yet another example of this defendant’s total disregard for any law that ran counter to his own ends.”
DA Rice said that Miller is currently incarcerated in the Nassau County Correctional Center after being arrested on April 19, 2012 and charged with Criminal Sexual Act in the 1st Degree (a B felony) for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old male employee of his Santeria religious supplies store in Inwood. Miller was also charged in May 2012 with Conspiracy in the 2nd Degree (a B felony) and Criminal Solicitation in the 2nd Degree (a D felony) for plotting to kill the teenager in the sexual assault case to prevent him from testifying. Charges in those two separate cases are pending, and he faces up to 25 years in prison for each top charge, if convicted.
Miller’s sister Ann and his mother Mary were both arrested and charged in July 2012 in connection with assisting Miller in the conspiracy scheme. Ann Miller was charged with Tampering with a Witness in the 4th Degree (an A misdemeanor) and Conspiracy in the 6th Degree (a B misdemeanor). Mary Miller, a school secretary with access to the victim’s personal information, was charged with Official Misconduct (an A misdemeanor). Both pleaded guilty in March 2013 and received conditional discharges and orders of protection for Miller’s victim.
In the bogus check scam case, starting on or about June 5, 2009, Daniel Miller used a company he had established, Secure Technology Services Corp., to defraud a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based check guarantee and payment processing company with forged checks. As each forged check was submitted and processed, the victim business would credit Secure Technology’s account, giving Miller access to the funds. Two checks, for $21,479.07 and $15,975.00 were used in the scheme.
Starting in or about March and April of 2010, Miller, while pretending to be various employees of another company he created named Integrated Solutions Systems Corp., conducted a similar scheme against a Miramar, Fla. check guarantee and payment processing business, using a forged check in the amount of $33,886.93.
Starting on or about Nov. 23, 2010, Integrated conducted a similar scheme against an Atlanta-based check loan and payment processing company. Four checks totaling $68,884.46 were used in this scheme.
In addition to these schemes, from May 20, 2009 to Sept. 14, 2009, Miller also provided 22 fraudulent checks from various bogus companies for merchandise orders to an office supply company valued at $35,101.87. From April 27, 2010 to April 29, 2010, Miller provided six fraudulent checks to a computer supply company for merchandise valued at $31,079.68.
The scheme was discovered through complaints filed with DA Rice’s Criminal Complaint Unit and a referral by the United States Secret Service.
Assistant District Attorney Peter Mancuso of DA Rice’s Government and Consumer Fraud Bureau is prosecuting the fraudulent check case. Assistant District Attorney D.J. Rosenbaum of DA Rice’s Special Victims Bureau is prosecuting the sexual assault case. Assistant District Attorney Elan Schefflein of DA Rice’s Organized Crime & Rackets Bureau is prosecuting the conspiracy case. Daniel Miller is represented by William Shanahan, Esq. Ann Miller is represented by Brian Griffin, Esq. Mary Miller is represented by Edward Madery, Esq.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.