Police: Son Steals $13,000 From Mother

Rhode Island man faces 42 counts of credit card theft for allegedly making unauthorized withdrawals.

A Rhode Island man accused of stealing more than $13,000 from his 77-year-old West Hartford mother was turned over to after he turned himself in to the wrong police station last week, police said.

Matthew J. Miller, 48, of Providence mistakenly surrendered to the Hartford Police Department May 31 after acknowledging a 4½-month-old warrant for his arrest, police said.

Miller was charged with two felonies, including identity theft, and 42 counts of credit card theft, police said. He posted $50,000 bail Wednesday and was released.

Police said Miller used his mother’s credit card and PIN without permission to withdraw $13,289.45 from a South Main Street branch of over a three-month period. He made 21 ATM withdrawals from his mother's checking account in October, 17 in November and four in September, police said.

Miller’s mother contacted police Nov. 21 and said her son has a substance abuse problem. Miller has three convictions for narcotics offenses. He served six months of a one-year jail sentence in 2008, according to court records.

Miller was scheduled for a plea hearing June 27.


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