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High-flying social influencer gets five years for using RMV site for Covid-19 frauding

Miller's high life in Los Angeles

Miller high life on government money in LA, via Homeland Security.

A Manhattanite turned Miami glamazon who chronicled her pricey lifestyle on Instagram was sentenced to five years in federal prison today for a scheme in which she used other people's IDs to fraudulently obtain enough Covid-19 small-business and unemployment benefits - many via a scheme involving the Massachusetts RMV Web site - to support a lifestyle that included private-jet trips to Las Vegas and Los Angeles and a luxury apartment, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.

Danielle Miller, 32, who was proud enough of her scheme and even her time at Rikers for another offense to sit down for a New York Magazine interview following her arrest, pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft in March.

The feds charged that Miller somehow obtained people's social-security numbers, then used that and their names to create new IDs via the MyRMV site - which she then used to get pandemic unemployment payments from Massachusetts and at least five other states. She also used the stolen IDs to obtain Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loans, at a time when those loans were mainly geared towards small companies hurt by the pandemic.

In all, the feds say, she stole $1.2 million in benefits, which she used for everything from a luxury apartment in Miami to private flights to shopping trips in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, all of which she posted about on her 32,000-follower Instagram feed. According to New York Magazine, when federal agents arrested her at her Miami apartment, she was recovering from butt-lift surgery.

According to an affidavit by a Homeland Security agent on the case, Miller's scheme began to unravel when an Abington resident got a $50 refund check from a Texas apartment-management company for canceling an apartment lease there. The company sent her a copy of her application, which showed she'd opened a TD Bank account.

Only problem: The resident, identified in the affidavit as L.M.S., never submitted a lease for an apartment in Texas and didn't have a TD Bank account, so she went to police, who contacted Homeland Security. When she talked to a Homeland Security agent, she said she'd also noticed that her MyRMV account listed a phone number that wasn't hers. Miller had used her information to obtain a $102,400 SBA loan in August, 2020.

In a sentencing memorandum to US District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor, prosecutors used the New York interview both to explain the need to punish Miller more severely than other Massachusetts Covid-19 fraudsters - the Beverly pizzeria owner turned Vermont alpaca farmer got two years - but not to punish her too much, and so asked the judge to agree to a five-year sentence worked out with her attorney.

The article, prosecutors wrote, showed Miller grew up in a privileged Manhattan home and attended an elite private school, so "she was afforded far more material
advantages in life than the vast majority of criminal defendants," but also, it detailed that she was quite proud of herself for all the schemes she pulled off, telling the interviewer (a friend of hers): "You know how they have that saying that you can sell ice to an Eskimo? If there’s something that I want, I’m getting it."

At the same time, prosecutors urged Saylor not to sentence her to more than five years, because one of the mitigating circumstances in her life, also detailed in the article, was when, as an eighth grader, she took nude videos of herself posing with a Swiffer mop and sent them to a boy who had dared her to prove she wasn't a prude - and he then sent them around to his friends and before long, she was the object of derision so deep and long lasting that even when tried to escape by going to Arizona State University, people there knew about "Swiffergate."

In his own sentencing memorandum, Miller's attorney said Miller has, at long last, realized the error of her ways:

In the period of time since the date of the offense, Ms. Miller has exhibited a strong sense of post-offense rehabilitation. She has accepted responsibility for her actions. Ms. Miller at 33 years old, understands the seriousness of her conduct and how it was inconsistent with her basic morality and behavior. To that end, she has sought to make amends with her family, the victims in this matter, the court, and most mportantly, with herself. While she is prepared to accept the court's punishment, she wants you to understand that she is at the crossroads of her life and will be returning to the righteous path upon which she previously traveled. She asks you to give her a chance. You will not be disappointed.

Ms. Miller has demonstrated an affirmative acceptance of responsibility for the offense. Ms. Miller is a decent woman who, owing to some poor decisions, was led into making a terrible choice about how to deal with her life situation.

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Is a bit of an understatement based on the Google summaries I just read..

Given her life of privilege, how did she even know what a Swiffer was ....

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Yeah a quick google resulted in some interesting results.

Ironically one being this story, which is only 30m old. Google has their eye on you, Adam.

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After reading the "New York" article, I think you might have been too kind, and the prosecutors and judge too lenient. I had the idea that her fraudulent ways might have been instigated by the Covid situation, but apparently she'd been merrily scamming her way through life, stealing identities and victimizing innnocents well before that. Certainly no one deserves the Swiffer situation she had to endure, but personally, I don't buy that as a mitigating factor. I hope she enjoys reconnecting with her friends at Riker's.

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it appears she had been scamming people for a very long time. Long before COVID.

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She looks like she would fit in just fine with Regan's welfare queen.

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that would have made Reagan never use her as an example.

Now, what could that be? :-)

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the fact that this really happened while the "facts" of the Reagan Welfare Queen were lies that have impacted millions of people in need and used to justify punishing them for things that she never did.

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saw her once on the esplanade, shooting video of herself, saying all the sort of stunted-sounding things influencers say in lieu of a more effective transition ("so y e a h dot-dot-dot)
and doing the obligatory hand gestures that anyone who copped their identify off of other influencers has to do to appear cool. But gee, I didn't think she was that kind of CRIMINAL.

Maybe I didn't see her, but another just exactly like her.

Ready for the wind to change . . .

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sounds like only 5 years in Federal prison makes it worthwhile.

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Magoo doesn’t particularly think this evil doer is attractive. Sort of, but the whole “influencer” thing is a major turn off for Magoo. Magoo really doesn’t think those poses are very xy. Xy is Magoo’s way of saying the similar sounding words beginning with se, because Magoo wants to keep this post family friendly. Magoo.

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I’ve learned a new word.

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More like Scamazon.

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Glamazon is also the name for Amazon's affinity group for their LGBTQ employees and allies.

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She was featured on the Hulu docu-series, in the episode "XOXO, Grifter Girl."

Surprisingly (at least to me), there was another MA related "influencer" featured, Tyler Baumann, AKA Musclehead 320, who used social media to glamorize and sell steroids.

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