Gouverneur, NY, Aug 22, 2012 — St. Lawrence County Sheriff's investigators arrested former Gouverneur Mayor Christopher Miller Tuesday. The Watertown Daily Times reports he was charged with a felony count of third-degree grand larceny. Miller resigned from his position as mayor last Wednesday. The newspaper reports that he's accused of drawing up a fraudulent contract for the sale of a house he only partially owned.
He reportedly sold the house for $50,000, but allegedly failed to tell the people he sold it do that he was a joint owner. Deputies told the newspaper that Miller did not have the right to sell the property. The Times reports that the buyers gave Miller $10,000 as a down payment on the house, but a written agreement drawn up by Miller, gave them credit for only $1,000 dollars.
Miller was brought to the town court in Canton and was released under probation supervision. He resigned as mayor after a discussion last week with then deputy Mayor Ronald McDougall. McDougall read Miller's resignation letter at the village Board of Trustees meeting last night.
Julie Grant spoke with McDougall Wednesday morning, and asked him if he encouraged Miller to resign last week because he was about to be arrested. Go to full article
Gouverneur, NY, Aug 16, 2012 — Christopher Miller resigned as village mayor of Gouverneur, N.Y., Wednesday afternoon. Deputy Mayor Ronald McDougall told multiple news sources that the two met Wednesday to discuss Miller's job, and agreed he should step down.
After Miller was elected last fall, village residents learned he was a convicted felon, for drug possession and forgery. He had also pleaded guilty to petit larceny and criminal trespass, and was on probation. Go to full article