Felon lied about Oklahoma tornado damage to avoid prison, FBI says

Bogus check writer Misti Dawn Miller told federal judge that a tornado destroyed her parents' home. FBI found house had only minor damage.
by Nolan Clay Published: July 6, 2013

She also was ordered to pay $105,088 in restitution.

She wrote checks to employees who no longer worked there or did not exist, then put the checks in her personal account, her first attorney wrote in a sentencing memo.

She sought to get out of prison early, telling the judge her home in Norman had been blown away by a tornado on May 10, 2010. Court records do not reflect whether the judge granted that request.

The judge in April ordered her back to prison for three months for probation violations.

In her request for more time to report to prison, her attorney said she had arranged for her parents to watch her children and needed to help her parents find a new place to live because of the tornado.

Miller also has faced bogus check charges in Woodward, Shawnee and Norman but they were dismissed after she made restitution.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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