DA: Man accused of trying to hire hit man arrested again
An Inwood man charged with trying to hire a hit man to silence a teenager he is accused of raping was rearrested Wednesday morning, this time on charges that he passed bad checks worth more than $200,000, prosecutors said.
Daniel Miller, 45, passed bad checks to three payment processing businesses from July 2009 to November 2010, prosecutors said. He pleaded not guilty to new charges of second- and third- degree grand larceny, seven counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first-degree scheme to defraud, Nassau County prosecutors said.
Miller was already being held in the Nassau County Correctional Center on $5 million bond or $2.5 million cash bail. On the new charges, bail was set at $100,000 cash or bond, prosecutors said. Miller is due back in court on Sept. 13.
"He maintains his innocence, and looks forward to his day in court," his lawyer, Joseph Conway, of Mineola, said.
Miller, who owns a Santeria religious supply store in Inwood, was first arrested in April on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted a teenage employee, prosecutor Anne Donnelly has said in court. Those charges are pending.
Prosecutors said while Miller was being held in jail on those charges, he asked a relative to stick pins and knives into a voodoo doll of his victim in a ritual intended to give the teen cancer. But as his trial approached and the boy remained healthy, Miller offered to pay a would-be hit man $15,000 to kill him, prosecutors said.
Miller's mother, Mary Miller, an 80-year-old high school secretary from Inwood, and his sister Ann Miller were both later arrested on charges that they took part in the plot. Prosecutors said Mary Miller used her position as a secretary at Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst to steal the file of the 17-year-old student whom her son, Daniel Miller, planned to have killed. They said Mary Miller may not have known that her son was planning to have the boy killed, but she planned to give the records to a private investigator who was gathering information on the boy to help in her son's criminal case.
Prosecutors said Ann Miller, 59, also of Inwood, Mary Miller's daughter and Daniel's sister, was charged with giving the boy's personal information to someone who was supposed to use it to hire a hit man to kill the boy. Donnelly said Ann Miller likely thought the information would be used to intimidate the boy into staying away from court, or to falsely accuse him of a crime to discredit him.
Both women pleaded not guilty to the charges, and have denied any wrongdoing.