Beshear: Estill Co. Man Indicted for Alleged Theft, Persistent Felon Charges

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced the indictment of a 30-year-old Estill County man on a theft by deception of $10,000 or more charge and a second-degree persistent felony offender charge.

Michael D. Miller, 30, allegedly used his victim’s credit card to buy thousands of dollars of merchandise for himself rather than purchase items agreed upon between him and the victim for a house-remodeling project.

The indictment handed down by an Estill County grand jury alleges Miller made the personal purchases between March and May of 2017.

The case was investigated by Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations.

Miller is eligible to be charged with being a persistent felon from three 2016 felony convictions on theft, burglary and forgery, according to Beshear’s Office of Special Prosecutions. He received prison sentences of five years and two years for those crimes, but was released on shock probation.

If convicted of both charges, Miller faces a potential sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.

An indictment is a charge. Defendants must be convicted by evidence beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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