DUBOIS – A Ridgway man is facing felony insurance fraud charges.
Kyle A. Miller, 29, was charged by the attorney general’s office with false/fraud insurance claim and criminal attempt/theft by deception as a result of an insurance claim he filed on Oct. 18, 2017.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the insurance company contacted the Western Regional Office of the insurance fraud section of the AG’s office regarding the claim.
Miller reportedly said his vehicle, a 2004 Nizzan Z350, had been vandalized. He allegedly claimed that the exterior was keyed, the interior front seats had been slashed and the radio and shift knobs had been stolen. The amount of this claim was over $2,000.
The previous owner of the vehicle had filed a claim for the same damages on the vehicle in June of 2017 with the same insurance company, investigators said.
When the previous owner was contacted, she said Miller purchased the vehicle from her for $100 without any repairs being made because her claim was denied or had been withdrawn.
She explained to investigators that the damage occurred after the vehicle broke down and had to be left on the side of the road overnight in June of 2017.
The next day when she went back to the car, she discovered someone had keyed it, slashed the seats and removed the stereo, according to the complaint.
Miller waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday during centralized court in DuBois. He is free on $10,000, unsecured bail.