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Edmore woman charged for embezzling $50-$100K from elderly woman

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 16:37:54-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Attorney General's Office announced charges against Teri Marie Miller, 56, for embezzling between $50,000 and $100,000 from a 90 year-old woman.

The elderly woman was living with her son-in-law and daughter until her daughter died suddenly in 2018. The woman's son-in-law hired Miller, his sister, to care for her.

Miller is accused of stealing from the victim's bank account and using her credit cards without permission.

“Protecting Michigan’s most vulnerable adults has been a top priority of mine since I took office, and I appreciate Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause’s support in that effort,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “Preying on unsuspecting victims or those who depend on another for assistance is simply unacceptable. My office takes reports of elder abuse very seriously, and we will continue to investigate any and all claims that hint of wrongdoings against our senior populations and prosecute those cases whenever appropriate.”

The Edmore woman is charged with embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, $100,000; one count of using a computer to commit a crime; one count of tax – failure to file; three counts of using a financial transaction device without consent; one count of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. Miller is accused of resisting or obstructing a police officer during her April 23rd arrest.

After her arrest, Miller was referred to the Michigan Department of Attorney General by the county after her family filed a complaint.

“It is great that we have a resource like the Attorney General’s office to assist local prosecutors,” Montcalm Prosecutor Andrea Krause said. “I appreciate their efforts in this case.”

Miller was arraigned Thursday and released on a $70,000 personal recognizance bond. A probable cause conference is scheduled for July 13th.