MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Miami woman is accused of stealing the personal information of a Massachusetts resident so she could fraudulently obtain a pandemic-related federal loan that she then used for a private flight to California and stays at luxury hotels.
Danielle Miller, 31, was charged Tuesday with wire fraud, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston.READ MORE: Small But Ferocious Hurricane Sam Strengthens Some More
Miller accessed the alleged victim’s online Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles records and used the personal identifying information to open a bank account in that person’s name, prosecutors said.
Miller then applied for and in August received a more than $100,000 Economic Injury Disaster Loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration, prosecutors said.
She used the money for a private flight from Florida to California, using a counterfeit Massachusetts driver’s license in the alleged victim’s name but bearing Miller’s photograph, and for stays at luxury hotels, prosecutors said.READ MORE: Lines Of Mourners Pay Their Respects Sunday For Gabby Petito
Miller then posted pictures of herself at the hotels on Instagram, authorities said.
She also applied for up to $900,000 in other fraudulent loans, prosecutors said.
If convicted, she faces 20 years in prison.MORE NEWS: Blue Alert Issued Out Of North Florida County For Patrick McDowell, Accused Of Murdering Deputy During Traffic Stop
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