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77-Year-Old Woman Arrested for $1 Million Fraud Over 25 Years

77-Year-Old Woman Arrested for $1 Million Fraud Over 25 Years

A North Jersey woman was arrested by the authorities. Janis Miller, 77, stole almost $1 million in federal benefits over 25 years intended for her deceased aunt.

The South Orange resident is charged with one count of wire fraud. She was freed on a $100,000 unsecured bond after making her initial court appearance on Thursday.

It was not long after Miller reportedly started stealing the benefits that officials found the fraud and stopped providing them in 2023.

Miller may receive a sentence of up to 20 years in jail and fines totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars if convicted.

Miller lost her aunt in 1998. Miller’s deceased aunt received roughly $1.01 million in retirement and survivor benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), both of whom were unaware of her passing.

She illegally dispersed almost all of those embezzled funds by debit card, cash withdrawals, and forged cheques written out to a business Miller controlled.

In 2022, Miller pretended to be her late aunt and gave the SSA employee her approximate birthdate over the phone to continue receiving the payments illegally.

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