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“Asphalt Gypsy” arrested in local contracting fraud case

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office says Mico Miller “in part self-identified as a Gypsy”
Mico Jody Miller arrested in contracting fraud case.
Mico Jody Miller arrested in contracting fraud case.(Brown County Jail)
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 9:20 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2020 at 10:13 AM CDT
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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -

UPDATE 8/5:

A Texas man has been arrested in connection to contracting fraud targeting elderly people in Outagamie County and Brown County.

Mico Jody Miller, 26, was taken into custody on Aug. 4. He's been booked in the Brown County Jail pending a court appearance.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office says Miller identified himself as an “Asphalt Gypsy” and indicated “he knew that what he was doing was wrong by overcharging people.”

The Sheriff’s Office says Miller admitted that he had been taking part in similar frauds in Wisconsin over a period of a month. He had been using “fictitious business information.”

The Sheriff's Office says Miller had been traveling with a 12-year-old.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office says they've received additional reports from other jurisdictions about Miller.

“Numerous individuals reported that they felt embarrassed that they were defrauded or lacked suspect information as the reason for not contacting law enforcement earlier,” reads a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.

If you believe you are a victim of fraud involving Mico Miller, call your local law enforcement.

On July 27, the Brown County Sheriff's Office took a report that two males showed up at a home in eastern Brown County and offered to seal their driveway for $600. A short time after starting on the driveway, they demanded a new payment of $10,500. The couple said they didn't have that kind of money.

The suspects settled for a payment of $3,000.

"Victims paid the money as they were concerned about possibly being physically harmed," says the Sheriff's Office.

The males were to return on July 29 to collect the rest of the money and finish the job. They never returned.

The victims took a picture of the suspect truck with Texas license plate.

Investigators learned that the same males had targeted other elderly victims in Brown County and Outagamie County.

No charges have been filed. Miller’s court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 6.

INITIAL REPORT:

“Despicable.” That’s the word the Brown County Sheriff’s Office uses to describe a recent contracting fraud case.

On Monday, July 27, two men targeted an elderly couple in east Brown County. Unsolicited, the men offered to seal the couple’s driveway. They demanded a payment of $10,500. The men settled for $3,000.

"Victims paid the money as they were concerned about possibly being physically harmed," reads a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

The men said they’d return July 29 to collect the rest of the money and finish the job. They never showed.

The suspects are described as Hispanic men. The victims snapped a photo of the suspect vehicle. It's a white Chevrolet truck with Texas license plate KMX-0252.

If you have information, contact investigator Roman Aronstein at 920-448-6190.

The Better Business Bureau says watch for “red flags” when it comes to hiring a contractor. Say no to cash-only offers. Watch for high-pressure sales tactics and high upfront payments. Make sure there’s a contract--get it in writing. Ask for references. Verify licenses and insurance. CLICK HERE for more advice on hiring a contractor.

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