Perry County coroner accused of financially exploiting 94-year-o - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Perry County coroner accused of financially exploiting 94-year-old woman

Posted: Updated:
Herb Miller (Source: Perry County Sheriff's Office) Herb Miller (Source: Perry County Sheriff's Office)
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Residents react to missing machete man

    Residents react to missing machete man

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:07:17 GMT
    Police are still searching for a possibly armed suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Wegener in Oregon and Ripley counties in Missouri, along with Randolph county in Arkansas. 
    Police are still searching for a possibly armed suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Wegener in Oregon and Ripley counties in Missouri, along with Randolph county in Arkansas. Wegener stole an Oregon County Sheriff Department deputy's truck Sunday night and drove it into the Eleven Point River.
  • Missouri exceeding target for reducing energy use

    Missouri exceeding target for reducing energy use

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:17 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:17:20 GMT
    Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says it has exceeded a goal to reduce Missouri's energy consumption.
    Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says it has exceeded a goal to reduce Missouri's energy consumption.
  • Arch project hurting some businesses

    Arch project hurting some businesses

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:15:18 GMT
    Sales for some business in the Laclede's Landing area of the St. Louis riverfront are down - way down - and merchants are blaming construction.
    Sales for some business in the Laclede's Landing area of the St. Louis riverfront are down - way down - and merchants are blaming construction.
PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - The Perry County coroner is accused of financial exploitation of a 94-year-old woman.

Herbert Miller, 65, of Perryville is charged with financial exploitation of elderly/disabled person and theft/stealing.

The Perry County coroner had a preliminary hearing in Perry County on Tuesday, Feb. 18. He was bound over on both counts of financial exploitation of elderly/disabled person and theft/stealing.

The judge believes enough probable cause was found in the case to move forward. Miller is scheduled to be back in court for arraignment on the charges on March 14 at 9 a.m.

According to the probable cause statement, Miller is accused of writing checks totaling $80,600 as a power of attorney to himself on behalf of a 94-year-old woman with dementia and other cognitive disabilities.

The woman appointed Miller as her power of attorney in 2004.

The woman was admitted to a nursing home in Perryville in 2008. Her primary care physician says she has not been competent for many years.

After the woman was admitted, Miller allegedly began writing check on the woman's account payable to "cash" and to the funeral home he and his wife own, according to the probable cause statement.

Miller is accused of writing the checks from August 2011 to June 2013.

The elderly woman has been denied her Medicaid benefits and her bill at the nursing home is not being paid.

According to court documents, Miller admitted to writing the check and claimed they were gifts from the woman.

According to the Perry County Sheriff, Miller is still the coroner.

Miller has posted bond.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved. 
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.