Alleged Social Security fraud led to the September capture here of a fugitive who lived on the lam 25 years after fleeing his 1986 sentencing on three Arizona child sex abuse convictions.
Now the man’s wife has pleaded guilty to her own Social Security fraud charge.
Sentencing is set Oct. 9 for Marjorie V. Miller, 57, of 29720 Jeans Road. She pleaded guilty this week to a single count of Social Security fraud from a four-count federal grand jury indictment also alleging a second count of fraud, one count of theft of government funds, and one count of making a false statement to a government agency.
According to her indictment and plea petition, Miller fraudulently obtained $4,100 federal disability benefits and $6,734 in state food stamps payments using one Social Security number while working and earning income using a second Social Security number.
Her husband, James Leonard Millar, 62, was indicted last year on federal charges of unlawful use of a Social Security card and being a fugitive in possession of a firearm. Known locally as Michael W. Miller, Millar fraudulently obtained more than $43,500 in unemployment benefits, according to a Social Security Administration investigator’s sworn statement to obtain his arrest warrant last fall.
Millar waived extradition and was returned to Arizona, where a warrant had been out for his arrest since 1986, when Millar failed to show up for sentencing after his conviction on three child sex abuse charges. He was sentenced there in April to one year in jail and five counts of supervised probation.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin has ordered Millar returned to Eugene for an Aug. 6 arraignment on his federal charges.