July 2, 2020
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced charges filed against Teri Marie Miller, 56, of Edmore, for embezzling from a 90-year-old woman for whom Miller was supposed to be providing care.
Miller was charged with one count of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, between $50,000 and $100,000; one count of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, $1,000 or more but less than $20,000; one count of using a computer to commit a crime; three counts of using a financial transaction device without consent; and one count of tax – failure to file. She was also arraigned on one count of resisting or obstructing a police officer, which stems from Miller’s late April arrest on the embezzlement charges.
The embezzlement case was referred to the Michigan Department of Attorney General by the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office after the victim’s family filed a complaint and the Michigan State Police investigated the allegations.
“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,” 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 elderly victim lived with her daughter and son-in-law, but after her daughter passed away unexpectedly in October 2018, the victim’s son-in-law hired his sister, Teri Miller, to care for the victim. Miller allegedly stole from the victim’s bank account and used her Discover Card to obtain cash advances, all without the victim’s consent.
“It is great that we have a resource like the Attorney General’s office to assist local prosecutors,” Prosecutor Krause said. “I appreciate their efforts in this case.”
Miller was arraigned in front of Judge Donald Hemingsen of the Montcalm County District Court today, following her arrest by agents from the Attorney General’s office and the Michigan State Police on April 23. She was released from jail on a $70,000 personal recognizance bond.
A probable cause conference has been scheduled for July 13 at 9 a.m.
Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Attorney General’s office does not provide photos of defendants, but one may be available from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.