Miller was sentenced to 35 years in prison with 30 years suspended. Thus, he will serve an active term of five years within the custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections. He will be required to complete indefinite years of probation for at least 20 years following his release and pay restitution to the victims. Miller's sentence in Wise will run consecutively with over two years of additional prison time he received on a Lee County construction fraud case earlier this year.
At the hearing today, Miller admitted that he "got too big for my britches," was "in over my head," and started "robbing from Peter to pay Paul."
Between February and August 2018, Miller unlawfully and feloniously obtained advances of money from the five different victims and promised to perform construction work that he was paid in advance to perform. At the time of these new offenses, Miller was on probation in Wise County for similar crimes he committed against a group of property owners in 2010. Several of the victims from the 2010 case testified that they had not been paid restitution Miller owed and called him a "predator."
Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ken Lammers was the lead prosecutor on this case. Lammers is the chief prosecutor of serious fraud and larceny cases at the Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "Your house is more than just your home. It is your single biggest investment. That's why crimes like these are so offensive. Mr. Miller is a predator who used a position of trust, holding himself out to be a contractor, to steal thousands of dollars from innocent victims and homeowners who just wanted to improve their property. Wise County homeowners are safer with Mr. Miller behind bars. We hope that these convictions will serve to provide justice and restitution to the victims and safeguard the public from ongoing schemes to defraud homeowners in our region."
Slemp praised the efforts of the Wise County Sheriff's Department investigators for making the convictions possible.