Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Carlton man sentenced for counterfeiting


According to Carlton County court case files, Aaron David Miller, 27, of Carlton, formerly of Albert Lea, was sentenced to 17 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. He will be remanded to the correctional facility following a sentence on a Pine County case. Miller was sentenced in the Carlton County court on July 22 by Judge Robert Macaulay Jr. for counterfeiting of currency – means of false reproduction, a felony. A charge of counterfeiting of currency – manufacturing and printing was dismissed.

Another case file stated that Miller was also sentenced at the same time to 13 months at the St. Cloud correctional facility for possession of drugs in the fifth degree, also a felony.

A third case file stated that Miller had been sentenced for Domestic Assault on July 15, a misdemeanor, for intentionally inflicting or attempting to inflict bodily harm. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with credit for 85 days served.

Miller is facing a first degree drug charge in Pine County, and drug possession, escape from custody and passing counterfeit currency in St. Louis County.

According to the complaint, Miller’s residence in Carlton County was searched on December 19 and a printer/copier, resume paper and a copied $100 and $20 bill were found. Officers found fishing line and clips used in drying the copied counterfeit currency and located the site where Miller was burning the remaining paper from the counterfeiting process. Miller admitted to officers to manufacturing and using about $6,000 in counterfeited currency.

Miller was charged with escaping from custody while he was hospitalized at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth on January 6 while he was in custody at the St. Louis County Jail. Miller walked away after being ordered to stay at the hospital until Carlton County deputies could pick him up for a January 9 court appearance.

The complaint went on to say that law enforcement officers were informed of Miller’s location at a motel room and identified Miller despite his attempts to change his appearance. The officers searched Miller and his duffle bag and located nine counterfeit $100 bills in his possession and another in the duffle bag. A paper cutter, a ream of manila-colored paper, a computer ink cartridge, a ledger, a piece of paper with a cutout of a counterfeit bill, scissors, a long blonde wig, a St. Mary’s Medical Center patient band with Miller’s name on it, four hypodermic needles and a tourniquet were also found in the duffle bag.


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