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Attorney Mark Miller arrested for numerous fraud, theft charges


 A book-in photo from the previous contempt arrest in Gilmer County.


[Updated: See Press Release from Pickens Sheriff]


   A Pickens grand jury Friday returned numerous charges against local attorney Mark Miller. He was arrested Friday afternoon by Gilmer County deputies at his home and was being transferred to the Pickens jail, according to a statement from the Pickens sheriff about 3:30 p.m.

   The charges presented to the grand jury came from work by Pickens sheriff and district attorney investigators and the GBI. An FBI agent was also listed as a witness before the grand jury.

   The charges are the result of a year-and-a-half-long investigation, said Sheriff Donnie Craig.

   Miller recently spent 10 days in the Gilmer jail on contempt charges and now faces a barrage of financial transaction card fraud charges, identity fraud, theft by deception, theft by conversion, and theft by taking charges here in Pickens County. He was also charged with exploitation and intimidation of disabled adult, elder person or resident. He is also accused of "racketeering activity" for the crimes.

   It appeared most of the theft charges relate to the estate of David Kent, which is the same civil suit where Miller was jailed for contempt when he did not provide information and did not show up for a hearing. He is being sued by an heir claiming he kept thousands of dollars and property from them.

   The indictment from the grand jury states that Miller committed theft by deception by taking property through “deceitful means and artful practice.”

   Another theft by deception charge states that Miller took funds that David Kent should have received under the sale of real estate by using false appearances.

   The financial fraud charges show Miller used a credit card during 2014 without the permission of the owner for numerous purchases, totaling thousands of dollars. These appear to all be from the same credit card, but entail 28 different purchases of all types ranging from software to charges at the Levi’s Store.

   Sheriff Donnie Craig said they are continuing to look at other work Miller has performed in regard to financial impropriety. “We’re not looking into his legal work but are looking at places involving money,” he said. He felt more charges are likely.

  Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil said they will provide a good bit more information later locally and to metro news outlets due “to the potential for victims outside this area.”