Fired police officer sentenced for scheme to defraud retail shops | Crime

A former West Seneca police officer acquired a three-year conditional discharge following his arrest in a sequence of makes an attempt to defraud house enchancment shops and different retailers.

Ryan J. Miller, 34, of West Seneca was sentenced earlier than Erie County Court docket Choose Kenneth Case to the three-year conditional discharge. Erie County District Lawyer John J. Flynn mentioned Miller has additionally paid restitution totaling $31,533.74.

Between Jan. 10, 2018 and April 26, 2022, Miller stole merchandise from house enchancment retailers and different massive field shops all through Western New York. As soon as the merchandise was in his possession, Miller would steal gadgets by both cancelling an internet order whereas inside the shop or by leaving the shop with out paying for the gadgets. Miller additionally dedicated the scheme to defraud by re-packing stolen gadgets and returning the merchandise to the retailer. Miller, who labored as a patrol officer with the West Seneca Police Division, admitted to stealing roughly $31,734.39 in merchandise from varied retailers. He was subsequently fired from the West Seneca Police Division.

Miller pleaded responsible to at least one rely of third-degree grand larceny and one rely of first-degree scheme to defraud (Class “E” felony) on Oct. 7.

His co-defendant, 27-year-old Dylan Biddeman of West Seneca, additionally pleaded responsible for his position in these crimes. Biddeman pleaded responsible to at least one rely of fourth-degree grand larceny (Class “E” felony) earlier than Choose Case on Oct. 5.

Between Oct. 1, 2021 and April 26, Biddeman, whereas working in live performance with co-defendant Miller, stole merchandise from a house enchancment retailer in West Seneca and different retailer areas all through Western New York.

Biddeman was sentenced to a three-year situation discharge. Previous to his sentence, the defendant paid full restitution of $28,839.79 to the retailer.

Flynn recommended his workplace’s Confidential Prison Investigators for his or her work on this investigation.

Each instances had been prosecuted by Chief Gary M. Ertel and Assistant District Lawyer Ryan A. Emmerling of the Particular Investigations and Prosecutions (SIP) Bureau.

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