U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of California
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September 17, 2014

Manhattan Beach Executive Charged with Raiding Company Coffers

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.

DEFENDANT Case Number: 14cr0471

  • James R. Miller
  • Age: 65
  • Manhattan Beach, CA

CHARGES

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

INVESTIGATING AGENCY

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations

*Indictments and complaints are not evidence that the defendant committed the crime charged. All defendants are presumed innocent until the United States meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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