AUCKLAND – A Bay Area woman has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and ordered to return 36 363,322 stolen from an elderly couple while she was caring for them.
Heidi Susan Miller was sentenced Thursday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Juan Gonzalez Rogers during a court hearing where Miller pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Miller’s lawyer wrote in court documents that Miller “actually liked” the couple and took full responsibility for what he did.
The federal prosecution charged Miller. Last year, he wrote in court documents that he used the money for Disneyland trips, a trip to the princess, gifts for his five pets, and breast augmentation surgery from a plastic surgeon in Lafayette. The fraud covered a three-year period beginning in 2016, officials said.
The only victims in court records known as LB and CB were in their 70s and in the early stages of dementia, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Walsh wrote in a court memo demanding 37 months in prison.
“Miller benefited from a position of care and responsibility for an elderly couple with early-stage dementia,” Walsh wrote. “He used his job to access and use LB and CB’s bank accounts, credit card accounts, and retirement accounts without permission.”
Miller’s lawyer, Anne Bells, wrote in court records requesting a 24-month period that Miller’s crimes occurred when she was “addicted to alcohol” and had access to the couple’s financial records and never. Asked not to help pay. Bill, quoting Miller’s own words in an interview before the sentencing, admitted that he “took advantage” of the weak, but Bells wrote that it was not clear if the couple was academically weak.
“Ms. Miller was not explained that she was in the ‘early stages of dementia’, nor was it easily apparent at the beginning of her career,” Bells wrote. “Ms. Miller knew that LB and CB were getting older and had some memory problems – but she didn’t initially think they were really cognitively weak.
Following his prison sentence, Miller will remain in federal custody for three years, prosecutors said.