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Instagram model who flaunted lavish life is accused of $100K COVID fraud to buy the fancy hotel stays she bragged about

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A Miami, Florida Instagram influencer known for flaunting her wealth on social media has been accused of $100,000 fraud in allegedly obtaining a pandemic relief loan to fund her lavish life.

As reported by The Independent, Miami Instagram influencer Danielle Miller, 31, has been charged with wire fraud, according to the US Attorney’s office for the District of Massachusetts.

Miller allegedly used the personal information of a Massachusetts resident in order to obtain COVID relief funds meant for small businesses. She accessed the information through the state Registry of Motor Vehicles.

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She is also accused of using the victim’s personal info to create a bank account she controlled.

She allegedly accessed the online Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) account associated with a Massachusetts resident and then used that victim’s personal identifying information to open a bank account.

Instagram influencer busted for allegedly using Covid relief money to fund lavish lifestyle

Prosecutors said the Miami Instagram influencer’s alleged fraud continued after she used the Massachusetts resident’s personal information to apply for a federally-funded Economic Injury Disaster loan.

Authorities say over $100,000 in federal money was deposited into Miller’s bank account.

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NBC News Boston reported that Miller used the money on herself, buying expensive stays in hotels and private flights.

She spent over $2,300 on a private flight from Florida to California, utilizing a counterfeit Massachusetts driver’s license with the alleged victim’s name but bearing Miller’s photograph, prosecutors alleged.

The victim is identified in records as L.M.S., an Abington resident.

Woman Who Flaunted Lavish Lifestyle on Instagram Charged With $100K COVID Relief Fraud

Evidence of the Miami influencer’s alleged fraud was readily available on her active Instagram account, where she regularly flaunted her apparent wealth to over 34,000 followers.

For example, the luxury hotel Petit Ermitage in Hollywood, California posted a $5,500 bill to the bank account Miller allegedly opened in the victim’s name last September.

According to the woman’s Instagram, she posted a photo geotagged to the hotel just a few days before the bill was posted.

Prosecutors also allege Miller accessed various ATMs to draw cash from the fraudulent bank account.

Miller has a large Instagram following, and prosecutors were able to use the photos she posted against her, according to court documents.

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Prosecutors alleged the Instagram influencer’s attempt at fraud went further than just $100,000, CBS Miami reported.

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Authorities say they found evidence Miller applied for over $900,000 other business loans, using the information of other residents in Massachusetts via the RMV. It was not clear how Miller obtained access to confidential information on the RMV.

“The charge of wire fraud provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000,” the US Attorney’s office noted of the Miami Instagram influencer’s alleged fraud.

It was not immediately clear if Miller was available for comment. Her most recent post to Instagram was on April 10, and commenters have taken to gloating about her arrest in recent days.

Miller then posted pictures of herself at the hotels on Instagram, authorities said.

Miami Woman Charged With Receiving Fraudulent Pandemic Loan

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