Defendant in murder-for-hire plot also facing grand larceny charges

Daniel Miller leaves the Nassau County Courthouse in

Daniel Miller leaves the Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola on Friday, May 2, 2014. Miller, who was already a defendant in a murder-for-hire plot, pleaded not guilty to new charges that include multiple counts of grand larceny. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

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A defendant in a murder-for-hire plot Nassau prosecutors said was aimed at killing a teenage employee who accused him of sexual abuse pleaded not guilty Friday to new charges that include grand larceny.

Daniel Miller, 46, of Inwood, attended his Mineola court arraignment in a wheelchair, which authorities said was related to his hunger strike at the Nassau County Jail.

Authorities arrested Miller in 2012, accusing the owner of a Santeria religious supplies shop in Inwood of drugging and sexually assaulting a 17-year-old male employee.

Prosecutors said Miller then tried to hire a hit man to kill the victim, offering to pay $15,000 and telling him to make it look like a cellphone robbery.

Authorities have said Miller also asked someone to make a voodoo doll of the teen and stick pins in it, and to use the teen's photo and dirt in a ritual meant to give him cancer.

Defense attorney Bill Shanahan said Friday his client is delusional and has been on a hunger strike for 50 days in an attempt to be sent to another jail.

Shanahan said after court that a judge already has ruled that his client is competent to stand trial, but he may appeal to a higher court.

"We feel that he should be examined further," Shanahan said of Miller. ". . . He talks about the spirits telling him things."

Miller denies the sex abuse and murder-for-hire allegations, along with the new charges, the attorney said.

Nassau prosecutors said the new charges stem from Miller's allegedly stealing more than $206,000 from three check-processing businesses and two technology and office supply companies in 2009 and 2010. The 14-count indictment charges Miller with multiple counts of grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument, along with a scheme to defraud.

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