MN Man Admits To Embezzling $400K From The Army
Former Olmsted County resident Michael Miller pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in St. Paul to charges of embezzling money from the U.S. Army.
Miller admitted that from February through December 2006, he stole more than $400,000 from the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency while he was working out of Minnesota as an employee of California-based EXP Pharmaceutical.
EXP specializes in processing the returns and disposal of expired pharmaceutical products for hospitals, the government, clinics, and other pharmacy segments.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Miller fraudulently directed the payment of funds that EXP received from a drug vendor to his own personal bank account.
Miller, who was charged in August 2008, then used the funds to purchase a Chrysler automobile and a house in the Philippines. Miller admitted that his act of drawing and negotiating the check to purchase the car constituted a money laundering transaction.
According to the Star Tribune, Miller hid out in his ill-gotten Philippines house with his wife starting in 2007, fathered three children there, and was then found by authorities in November 2013.
“This week’s plea demonstrates our collective efforts to enforce the law and ensure public trust,” Kelly Jackson of the St. Paul field office of IRS Criminal Investigation said in a statement. “Be assured that IRS Criminal Investigation, together with our partners at the U.S. Attorney's Office, will hold those who engage in similar behavior fully accountable.”
The U.S. District court judge will determine Miller’s sentence at a future hearing that hasn’t been scheduled yet.