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Chicago Brothers Ordered to Pay Restitution for Airplane Loan Scam

On August 31, 2018, the U.S. District Court in Worcester, Massachusetts, ordered Ryan Miller and Dusten Miller to jointly pay restitution in the amount of $1,295,619.31 to 11 different banks, credit unions, and individuals. Dusten Miller was ordered to pay an additional $18,228.27 in restitution to an aircraft finance company.
 
On June 5, 2018, Ryan Miller was sentenced to 15 years’ incarceration, 5 years’ supervised release, and a $600 special assessment fee. Dusten Miller was sentenced to 12 years’ incarceration, 5 years’ supervised release, and a $300 special assessment fee. They were convicted by a jury on February 13, 2018.
 
The conviction followed an investigation that revealed the Miller brothers and Latoya Monique James conspired to fraudulently obtain aircraft and automobile loans valued at approximately $4 million from various financial entities between January 2014 and January 2016. They obtained the loans by using stolen identities and fraudulent documents, including FAA medical certificates. James pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering in March 2017.
 
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).