Attorney accused of stealing $1.5 million from his elderly clients

Venice attorney charged with scheming clients
Posted at 7:21 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 19:21:32-04

Sarasota Co. investigators are accusing a Venice attorney for stealing around $1.5 million from at least four elderly clients even after their deaths. 

The Sarasota Co. Sheriff's office says the FBI is helping them in their investigation surrounding 38-year-old Adam Miller. 

According to the affidavit, he used his privilege as the victim's power of attorney to write and cash checks in their names, even open new bank accounts, mostly after they died. 

"He obviously sold his services well," said Sgt. Mike Dumer, "and they trusted him and that's one of the egregious things about this particular case." 

In one couple's case, Miller is accused of taking more than $400,000, without giving any money to their beneficiaries. 

Investigators confirm Miller's father, Raymond Miller was charged with stealing around a million dollars from a trust fund in 2010.

Francine Walker, from the Florida Bar says they've opened a file for investigation for Miller based on the charges which include scheme to defraud and exploitation of elderly. 

Sgt. Dumer wouldn't say how or why they began the investigation, how Miller spent the money, or whether they think they'll be able to recover any of the money he's accused of taking.