A New York resident, David J. Miller, has been charged with stealing over $3.5 million from the City of Miami Beach’s bank account.
The 44-year-old man from Syracuse, New York, is alleged to have set up a business, dubbed “Company A.” This company was set up to provide “a service that allows customers to purchase, sell, and transfer seat licenses and seat location rights at sporting venues around the United States, including National Football League (NFL) stadiums,” per the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Florida.
“Using funds from the City of Miami Beach’s account, Miller purchased approximately 157 seat licenses at NFL stadiums around the country. Miller also used stolen funds to purchase season and individual game tickets at NFL games and other sporting events. According to the complaint, Miller further used the City of Miami Beach’s money to pay his utilities bills. In one instance, Miller caused a counterfeit check, purportedly issued by the City of Miami Beach, to be deposited into a family member’s bank account.”
Miller is currently in custody in Onondaga County, New York, on state identity theft charges.
If he’s found guilty on the charges he’s being accused of, Miller faces a potential lengthy prison sentence, along with some stiff fines. Per the report, “the bank fraud offense carries a maximum penalty of twenty years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The aggravated identity theft offense carries a mandatory, consecutive two-year term of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.”