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Former Executive Director of Philadelphia Non-Profit Fund Charged with Stealing Over $1.6 Million From Church Families

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that John A. Miller, 74, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was arrested and charged by indictment on charges of wire fraud.

The indictment alleges that Miller, who served as executive director and treasurer of a non-profit fund in Philadelphia, used his position of trust to steal more than $1.6 million intended for widows and orphans of deceased clergy. The indictment alleges that from January 2015 through May 2022, the defendant devised a scheme to divert money from the fund to himself by, among other means, presenting false and fraudulent financial information to other fund executives and its outside auditors. The indictment alleges that Miller then used this money to fund personal purchases for himself, including international cruises, vacations to the Caribbean, and a luxury condominium.  

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 60 years’ imprisonment.

The case was investigated the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jerome M. Maiatico.

An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated December 22, 2023

Financial Fraud