Instagram Influencer Receives 5-Year Prison Sentence For Lavish Lifestyle and Travel Funded By Fraudulent COVID-19 Relief Loans

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According to the US Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts, Instagram influencer Danielle Miller, 32, has been sentenced to a five-year prison term for committing fraud, per Insider

Miller was found guilty of unlawfully acquiring

“pandemic-related loans”

and using the funds to support her lavish lifestyle. She reportedly utilized the personal information of more than 10 individuals, generating over $1 million in COVID loans from July 2020 to May 2021. To carry out her scheme, Miller employed forged driver’s licenses, featuring her own picture but bearing the names of her victims.

“Ms. Miller isn’t an influencer, she is a convicted felon,”

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy said in the statement.

“In a quest for fleeting social media stardom, Ms. Miller relied on fraud to fund a lavish lifestyle of private jets, luxury apartments, and other accouterments of wealth.”

Levy emphasized that the sentencing must serve as a clear message that building an elite social media persona at the expense of 

“hardworking taxpayers”

is a

“path to prison, not fleeting fame.”

Miller’s Instagram following includes Anna Sorokin, a convicted fraudster who posed as a wealthy heiress to gain entry into elite New York social circles. In a previous interview, Miller admitted to being a “con artist” with a charm that allows her to manipulate people. 

She was arrested in May 2021 and later pleaded guilty to charges of identity theft and wire fraud. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV recently sentenced Miller to five years in prison, and three years of supervised release, and ordered her to pay restitution. Additionally, she was forced to surrender several luxury items she fraudulently obtained, and over $600,000 from her residence and bank accounts was seized by the US government.

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