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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

After tornadoes struck May 19, felon Misti Dawn Miller asked a judge to give her more time to report to federal prison because her parents' house in Newalla had been destroyed.

“Ms. Miller emailed counsel a picture of the damaged residence while she was at the scene,” her attorney wrote in her request.

The Oklahoma City federal judge agreed, pushing back her deadline to report to prison from May 28 to June 18.

Federal prosecutors said Friday she was lying.

An FBI agent traveled to Newalla June 5 and found her parents' house had not been destroyed, prosecutors told the judge. Instead, the house only had minor, superficial damage.

The FBI investigated her claim after getting an anonymous letter. The Oklahoman and at least one TV station also received the letter.

Prosecutors now are asking U.S. District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti to consider holding her in contempt of court. She is accused of knowingly and willfully misleading her own attorney, prosecutors and the judge.

She faces up to six more months in prison if she is found in contempt.

Miller, 34, is being held at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

She first went to federal prison in February 2010 for stealing money from her great-uncle's business, Milestone Construction Co. She was ordered to spend five months in prison and five months on home detention after pleading guilty to a forged check charge.

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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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