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It wasn't meant to be for a California bride trying to scam thousands of dollars out of a wedding website — with her plan to defraud ending with her sentenced to five years in prison.
Vermyttya Miller, 37, booked plans for her wedding in October 2016 on The Knot, a platform dedicated to helping couples plan every aspect of their nuptials, even taking out a $10,000 insurance policy for her reception, according to the California Department of Insurance.
Soon after booking, Miller alleged she slipped on her wedding dress and fell, supposedly breaking her ankle in the process, and sought to claim the $10,000 insurance for canceling her reception.
Officials said Miller provided documentation of her injury, and received a $10,000 check from the insurer in return in late October 2016. The story would normally end there, but in what insurance officials called "an interesting twist," Miller emailed the insurer in early December 2016 — seeking another $10,000.
She claimed her $10,000 check was stolen and provided details of a police report she said was related to the theft.
But the insurer then referred the case to state insurance officials for an investigation, which led to Miller's scheme unraveling.
Not only did she submit a doctored police report to falsely claim her check was stolen, detectives uncovered she had even falsified the medical reports that led to the original payment, state insurance authorities said.
The case was then referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Miller pleaded no contest to one count of felony insurance fraud and was ordered to pay restitution for the $10,000 she received and an additional $12,500 for investigative costs.
She was remanded to the custody of a women's prison in Lynwood, California where she is currently serving her five-year sentence.
“Miller’s trail of fraudulent claims led straight to a five-year jail sentence after department detectives unraveled her scheme,” Insurance Commissioner of California Ricardo Lara said in a news release. “Insurance fraud is a felony with serious penalties and consequences. We are committed to uncovering fraud and working with prosecutors to bring criminals to justice.”
"I have to go but i will knock it out and come out better and start from where I left off with filming, music and the businesses I was starting. If I don’t have your address DM me," Miller said in a Facebook post announcing her impending incarceration.
"My plan in place will be to show my life through film to motivate others and show the timeline from making mistakes to changing my life, yet a previous record will always haunt you no matter what you do," she continued.
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