A Franklin County man who pleaded guilty last month to filing false tax returns and felony stealing is scheduled to be formally sentenced in December.

Richard L. Miller, 47, was indicted in 2010 by a Franklin County grand jury on two felony stealing count and three felony counts of filing false Missouri income tax returns.

Miller entered an Alford plea to the charges Oct. 30. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes that the state has enough evidence to prove guilt.

During a 14-month joint investigation by the Missouri Department of Revenue’s Criminal Tax Evasion Bureau and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, investigators determine that Miller had bilked a Franklin County woman of more than $230,000. The victim was “duped” into providing operating capital for a nonexistent business, according to a DOR press release.

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