Wayne County woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her mother

A Wayne County woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her mother’s bank accounts.

Archbald police charged Kyra Miller, 18, 274 Hellmers Hill Road, Equinunk, with theft by deception, identity theft, receiving stolen property and forgery stemming from a series of incidents between March and June of this year. Miller’s mother, Carolyn Matala of Archbald, went to borough police in June to report Miller had taken several checks from her, police said.

She eventually learned that two of the checks, for $3,450, had been cashed by Miller’s husband, Jonathan Miller, according to court documents. Matala told police she confronted her daughter, who admitted she took the checks, and gave her time to pay the money back.

Police learned through further investigation that Kyra Miller wrote out more checks to herself and that she had accessed another account belonging to Matala by pretending to be her mother on the phone, according to court documents. Matala told police $72,500 was taken from the account.

The Millers also used one of the checks to buy jewelry, which they later pawned, and another to try to buy four all-terrain vehicles for $34,000, according to court documents.

Kyra Miller went to Archbald police headquarters Tuesday and told police she had been writing checks from her mother’s accounts, police said. She told officers she used some of the money to pay for vacations at the shore, cellphones and accessories, and that she had also been using her mother’s debit card, police said.

Jonathan Miller is listed as a co-defendant in court documents filed by Archbald police, but it is unclear what he will be charged with. Magisterial District Judge Laura Turlip arraigned Kyra Miller on Tuesday and set bail at $100,000. She is held in Lackawanna County Prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.


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