Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
September 27, 2007
MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR STEALING
APPROXIMATELY $300,000 FROM ELDERLY LEISURE WORLD WOMAN TO BUY A BOAT AND A HOUSE
Between January 1, 2000 and February 22, 2007, Milne is accused of befriending an elderly woman, now 90-years-old, who was living in Seal Beach Leisure World. He is accused of grooming her to trust him and telling her she was like a mom to him. In 2002, the victim’s niece, who was the prospective executor of the victim’s will, died. Milne is accused of persuading the victim to put him in charge of her trust. He is accused of promising to invest the victim’s money on her behalf, opening a joint account in both of their names, and having the victim transfer her life savings into the account. Milne is accused of draining the account and stealing approximately $300,000 from the victim, spending it on personal items such as a boat, jet skis, and a four bedroom house.
In 2000, Milne was prosecuted and convicted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for committing a similar crime against another elderly woman, his first known victim. While the case was pending, Milne is accused of stealing more than $80,000 from the current victim to repay the first victim.
Milne was arrested last night by the Seal Beach Police Department. Deputy District Attorney Debra Carrillo of the Economic Crimes Unit is prosecuting this case.