CLEARFIELD – Two men were sentenced to state prison for deceptive business practices in relation to their automobile business.
Jerry Miles Jr. and Jerry Miles Sr. of Top of the Line Motors in DuBois were sentenced to three-to-eight years in state prison with five years of probation to run consecutive to the prison terms. The men also received a number of concurrent probation and prison sentences. Both men were also sentenced for multiple charges of bad checks. Both men were ordered to submit to DNA testing and pay fines and court costs.
Both men were also ordered to pay restitution. Jerry Miles Jr.’s restitution total was $423,502 and Jerry Miles Sr.’s restitution total was in the amount of $426,995.
A number of victims addressed the men and Clearfield County President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman. The majority of the victims related that they invested money into Top of the Line, many not getting much back in return.
One man was an employee of Top of the Line. He touched on the decline of the business and the Miles’ attempts to get more money.
Both men addressed the victims, as did one other person.
“I would like to apologize to the all the victims,” said Jerry Miles Sr.
He stated that their business worked well the first few years.
His daughter stated that the victims of the crimes were not the only victims.
“We (the family) have suffered as well,” she said. She stated that the business was not a scam and that every dollar went toward something.
“I want people to know that my family has been through hell and back,” she said. “It’s been a terrible experience.”
She also stated that the victims had free will to invest, knowing that there was a risk.
“My family is truly sorry,” she said.
Jerry Miles Jr., through tears, apologized to the victims. He said the money was borrowed with good intentions.
“It was not a scam,” said Jerry Miles Jr. “I will pay it back.”