Car dealer Mickey Miller — already charged with trying to launder drug money through a diamond and real estate sale — is now accused of using his three auto dealerships in Ohio to launder money for drug dealers.
Miller, 66, faces 37 criminal counts.
He is accused of using Mickey Miller Family Express Car Dealership in Canton, Little Guy Worldwide in North Canton and Mickey Miller Wadsworth Chevrolet in Wadsworth in connection with the alleged scheme, says the Akron Beacon Journal.
- Selling high-end vehicles to drug dealers, then hiding assets by placing vehicle titles in other people's names, sometimes his employees'.
- Using money from suspected drug dealers to buy vehicles at vehicle auctions. The drug dealers then allegedly would be reimbursed with consulting or commission checks.
- Using cash from an undercover FBI agent posing as broker for a drug dealer to buy Wadsworth Chevrolet. The agent was set up as a “ghost employee” of the dealership.
Federal officials seized cash and 32 vehicles from Wadsworth Chevrolet, but not the dealership itself because the government didn't want to put legitimate employees out of work, a prosecutor says.