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YCSO still seeking thief who ripped off elderly Dewey woman for $30,000
One suspect in custody, one still sought

This man is still being sought by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly being involved in conning an elderly Dewey woman out of $30,000. The man’s first name may be Jim and he may frequent the Flagstaff area, police said.
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This man is still being sought by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly being involved in conning an elderly Dewey woman out of $30,000. The man’s first name may be Jim and he may frequent the Flagstaff area, police said.

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Daniel Jay Miller, 45, has been arrested for allegedly being one of two men involved in conning an elderly Dewey woman out of $30,000

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A full-body photograph taken from bank security footage of the man being sought by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

One of two men suspected of conning an elderly Dewey woman out of $30,000 is now in custody. The second suspect, whose name is unknown, is still being sought.

The two men reportedly convinced an 84-year-old that while she was gone for a week in July, they had to replace her whole septic system at a cost of $67,000. Panicked, the woman began paying the men what she could to cover the supposed expense. It was only after giving them $30,000 that she realized she was being scammed.

After extensive follow-up by a case detective with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO), one of the suspected men, 45-year-old Daniel Jay Miller, was arrested in Flagstaff Wednesday, Oct. 24, said YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn. Miller was booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde on charges of fraud schemes and theft. He remains in-custody on a $50,000 bond.

When arrested, Miller denied any involvement, D’Evelyn said. After the detective noted Miller was wearing the same shirt seen in a bank video taken of a man cashing the victim’s check, he admitted cashing the check for another person whom he did not identify.

“Detectives are actively still seeking Miller’s crime partner in this case,” D’Evelyn said. “Miller so far has not cooperated with detectives in identifying who he was working with. The suspect may go by the first name Jim and frequent the Flagstaff area.”

“The victim’s family has been devastated by this traumatic event and the loss the victim continues to suffer as she attempts to handle day-to-day living expenses,” D’Evelyn said. “Help us bring this second suspect to justice.”

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to contact Detective Todd Swaim at 928-554-8605 or call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. A direct tip to Silent Witness resulting in an arrest becomes eligible for a cash reward.

“Past calls on this case are very much appreciated,” D’Evelyn said.

Follow Max Efrein on Twitter @mefrein, email him at mefrein@prescottaz.com or call him at 928-445-3333 ext. 1105.

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