Employee at Baraboo cash lending firm accused of taking out loans in customers’ names
Prosecutors say evidence against the employee of a Baraboo cash lender includes surveillance footage showing she took out fraudulent loans and a video in which she threw “$100 bills on the bed” with her boyfriend.
The criminal complaint against 34-year-old Ashlee S. Miller, an employee of Check Advance in Baraboo, alleges she took out nearly $53,000 in loans using the names of prior customers over a three-month period before the fraud was uncovered.
The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office has charged Miller, of Baraboo, with 25 felonies, including one count of business theft and 24 counts of identity theft.
The complaint says police were alerted to the activity in early March and later spoke with Miller’s manager, who provided documents detailing 39 fraudulent loans in the names of 27 victims.
Miller allegedly provided a written statement to the manager in which she admitted to hatching the scheme in order to deal with her own financial woes.
“Miller said she was behind on bills and took the first loan out as a means of getting caught up,” the complaint states. “She said she was going to pay it back with her first paycheck. It got to the point where she had to take one loan out in order to pay another and it started a cycle she was unable to stop.”
The complaint says police obtained surveillance videos showing Miller “was the only one at the business and there were no customers present” when the fraudulent transactions were made.
The manager also directed police to the Facebook page of Miller’s boyfriend, which apparently included a video of the couple “throwing $100 bills on the bed.”
Police spoke with the people whose identities Miller allegedly used to get the loans, and most of them signed forms stating they did not consent to the transactions. Miller has been scheduled to appear Aug. 29 in Sauk County Circuit Court.