Detective Arrests Identity Theft Suspect

Modified: April 6, 2016 11:26am


Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Detective Daniel Brinkerhoff arrested David Miller, 51 of Williamsville, on four felonies counts of forgery after a several month investigation.

On July 8, 2015, JC Penney loss prevention personnel contacted the Sheriff’s Office regarding an individual conducting suspicious transactions at different departments within the Eastern Hills Mall store.  Through store documents and surveillance recordings, Detective Brinkerhoff gleaned the suspect’s name and address he also discovered Miller was a convicted felon and was working at an area collection agency.

Miller’s employment at the collection agency allowed him to find other David Millers within the Western New York area, determined their creditworthiness and use the victims’ personal information to open several store accounts.  The suspect was successful in establishing accounts under his victims’ names at JC Penney’s, Best Buy, Kohl’s, and Verizon and other retailers denied the subject’s credit applications.  Miller used the accounts to make nearly $20,000 in fraudulent purchases; he purchased jewelry, ten smartphones and other high-end merchandise.

During the detective’s investigation, Miller was arrested for violating the terms of his New York State parole and was incarcerated in the Erie County Holding Center until his arrest for Forgery on December 8, by Detective Brinkerhoff.

In a special and agreed upon recent court proceeding, Miller was convicted and sentenced on four separate counts of forgery.