South Orange woman indicted for stealing over $1 million federal benefits intended for dead aunt

Janis Miller allegedly stole retirement and survivor benefits money meant for her aunt who died in 1998.

Lanette Espy

May 3, 2024, 11:48 AM

Updated 23 days ago

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A woman from South Orange who is accused of stealing over $1 million of federal benefits meant for her deceased aunt over a 25-year period was indicted with one count of wire fraud on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Authorities say Janis Miller, 77, faces up to 20 years in prison for illegally spending the money she allegedly embezzled.
Unaware of her death, officials say the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management paid $1.01 million in retirement and survivor benefits to the bank account of Miller's deceased aunt.
Miller’s aunt died in 1998.


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