A blogger who claimed he was a bank manager stole more than $20.1 million from his victims, including $2.2 million in a one-off donation to charity, The Australian reported Tuesday.
“I would say it’s an incredible amount of money,” said Matt Miller, a self-proclaimed “banker” who claimed to be the “bank manager” of a business in Melbourne’s inner west.
Miller, 25, admitted stealing more than 20,000 Australian dollars ($20,958) from the victims who included the victims of a car accident, a family member, a business partner and a friend.
Miller’s victims include a couple who had two children, an elderly woman and a disabled woman, according to a report from The Australian newspaper.
The pair received the money in exchange for an offer of work at a bank.
Miller also claimed he would send the money back to the victims in return for a pledge of employment, according the newspaper.
He was arrested last month after authorities were tipped off by an online forum.
Miller told police he did not know the identities of his victims.
He has pleaded not guilty to bank fraud charges and has been ordered to repay the money.
Miller did not respond to calls and messages left by ABC News.
Miller said he used his work title to avoid being detected by credit agencies, but authorities found his online identity after he posted his identity online.
Miller is currently facing up to six months in prison.
“I’m trying to protect my identity and my family’s identity.
That’s my life, it’s my identity,” Miller said.
Miller was working at a credit union, according of his Facebook page.
The owner of the business told ABC News he did notice something was amiss with Miller’s work and was concerned about him.
The business owner said he had not seen any signs that Miller was stealing money from the business.
He said Miller was “a nice guy” who had been with the business for less than a year.
In a Facebook post, the business owner described the ordeal as “heartbreaking” and said Miller had been on vacation at the time of the scam.
ABC News reached out to the owners of two other businesses in Melbourne where Miller was employed.
They told ABC news they did not have a relationship with Miller and they did notice signs that he was stealing funds.
At the time the business owners said they were unaware of any criminal activity, and said they would be speaking with Miller about his employment.
Miller and his business are still working at the credit union.