Ex-coroner, already in prison for theft, convicted again

December 14, 2018

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former county official from southeast Missouri already in prison on a conviction of exploiting the elderly has pleaded guilty to a new theft charge.

Former Perry County coroner Herbert Miller entered the plea Wednesday. Sentencing is Jan. 29.

Miller was placed on probation and ordered to pay $80,000 in restitution in 2015 for writing checks from an elderly woman’s account. He resigned as coroner at that time.

His probation was revoked last year and he was sentenced to seven years in prison amid new theft accusations.

In the latest case, Miller admitted stealing more than $3,300 from a couple’s pre-paid funeral account.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office handled the prosecution. Hawley says his office has also obtained a $373,000 civil judgment on behalf of 54 defrauded consumers.

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