Instagram influencer gets busted for alleged $102K COVID loan fraud after posting pics to social media

An influencer on Instagram from Miami, Florida is being accused of identity theft that was used to scam over $102,000 in COVID-19 business relief funds used to fund her luxury lifestyle.

Danielle Miller, 31, somehow gained access to the alleged victim’s Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles records and then engaged in identity theft to use her personal information to open a bank account, according to prosecutors.

She then applied for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan in August through the Small Business Administration. She quickly received the funds and used them for a $2,390 private flight to California and for bookings at luxury hotels, according to the US Attorney’s office for the District of Massachusetts. The victim is identified as L.M.S., and is an Abington resident.

Prosecutors claim that Miller used a counterfeit Massachusetts driver’s license in the victim’s name that had Miller’s photograph superimposed on it. That was one of a number of crimes she committed trying to live it up at the expense of her victims and the federal government.

She posted selfies at the hotels on Instagram. At the luxury hotel Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood, she allegedly posted a $5,500 charge to the victim’s bank account in her name in September of 2020. That was just a few days after Miller’s Instagram account posted a photo of her that was geotagged to the Petit Ermitage. From there, it was a simple matter for the police to track her down and take her into custody.

(Video: WBTS-TV)

In another photograph mentioned in an affidavit as part of the case against her, Miller is shown standing in front of a Rolls Royce outside The Beverly Hills hotel where she also made a charge to the fraudulent account.

As an influencer, she has a very active social media presence. Her user name on Instagram is “killadmilla” and she has more than 34,000 followers.

The social media star also applied for over $900,000 in fraudulent loans from other RMV accounts in Massachusetts. Records show that “myRMV” accounts that are linked to 27 different individuals were accessed from one IP address over a five-day period in August of 2020. Miller filed loan applications that were submitted in 10 of the 27 identities according to authorities, WBTS-TV reported.

She was arrested on Tuesday for wire fraud after bragging about her extravagant lifestyle. Currently, no defense attorney is listed for Miller according to court records. Miller will appear in US District Court in Miami on Wednesday and she will make an initial appearance in US District Court in Boston at a later date to be determined.

If convicted, Miller could face up to 20 years in prison. She could also get three years of supervised release and a possible fine of $250,000 according to the US Attorney’s office.

The Instagram influencer was mocked on Twitter for setting herself up to be arrested:


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