A couple who took almost $1 million from their elderly relatives will only see the inside of a jail cell for months and not spend years in prison.

Robert J. Miller Jr., 35, and his wife Jennifer M. Miller, were sentenced in Racine County Felony Court Thursday after they pleaded guilty to taking about $850,000 from an elderly Caledonia couple over the course of six years.

The former Kenosha couple were each charged in 2013 with almost 100 counts of theft charges, but Racine County Felony Court Judge John Jude agreed to drop all but two of the charges. The couple pleaded guilty to the two counts on April 19, which carried a possible sentence of 12 years in prison and/or fines up to $20,000.

Jude sentenced Robert to serve 270 days and Jennifer 180 days in jail. The couple will serve their sentences consecutively and will be allowed out for work and childcare. He also ordered the couple to pay $100 a month to the elderly couple until the $780,000 in restitution was paid in full, serve three years of probation after the jail sentence, and serve 30 hours of community service.

A source, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Racine County Eye that Jennifer works as a CNA at an assisted living facility and that the couple will be allowed to serve their jail time in Princeton, a small town in Green Lake County Wisconsin.

The elderly couple is 96 years old, and are relatives of the Millers, who used the money to gamble and buy drugs, according to the unnamed source.

According to the criminal complaint, Robert and Jennifer started borrowing money from Robert‘s relative in May 2007 under the assumption that Robert would pay them back once he got his money back from an insurance settlement. However, officials with the Caledonia Police Department learned that there was no insurance settlement.

The elderly couple told police they would have never given the Millers money if they wouldn’t have told them they had money coming from the insurance settlement.

According to our source, Robert did try to sue a former landlord, but he was only suing them for $80,000.

 

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.