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Manhattan Beach Attorney Faces Quarter Million Dollar Embezzlement Charges

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SAN DIEGO – James (“Jim”) Miller, a Manhattan Beach attorney and corporate executive, appeared in magistrate court in Los Angeles County yesterday to face allegations that he embezzled over a quarter-million dollars from his former employer, MWRC Internet Sales LLC (“MWRC”).

As alleged in a five-count Indictment, Miller – an attorney who worked for Body Glove, International and served as the President and Managing Partner of MWRC – devised a scheme to steal money from MWRC to pay for his personal, non-company related expenses.

The Defendant carried out his scheme by writing checks from MWRC’s bank account to pay himself unauthorized income and supplemented his legitimate salary to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars over approximately four years. The Indictment further alleges that the Defendant failed to disclose to other MWRC partners his on-going self-enrichment scheme and failed to disclose to the banks that the checks he wrote to himself were not authorized by MWRC.

The criminal case against Miller (14CR0471) is assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Andre Birotte, Jr. The trial is set for November 11, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh ordered the Defendant released on a $50,000 bond pending trial.

*The charges and allegations contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

DEFENDANT Case No. 14cr0471

James R. Miller Age: 65 Manhattan Beach, CA

SUMMARY OF CHARGES

Wire Fraud – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1343
Maximum penalty: 20 years’ imprisonment and $250,000 fine

AGENCY

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations

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