If you take one look at Danielle Miller’s Instagram account you will see an extremely lavish lifestyle flaunted to thousands.
The 32-year-old Manhattan native regularly shows off designer goods, luxury cars and lush holidays to her 33,000 followers, so you will be forgiven for thinking she’s simply a socialite.
In reality, Danielle is a con artist and her friendship with swindler Anna Delvey – who inspired the Netflix show Inventing Anna – helps give it away.
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Danielle's world all came crashing down at the end of October this year when she was put under house arrest pending trial on charges that carry decades behind bars.
She was forced to wear a slim black-box ankle tracking monitor before in October of this year, she was sentenced to five years in prison in a Florida bank fraud case.
Danielle – who was previously the subject of a New York Magazine profile that detailed her alleged financial misdeeds – pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fraudulently using personal identification information.
According to the state attorney's office, in 2020 Danielle and her friend Ciera Blas tried to use a California woman's identity to take more than £7,000 from a Chase Bank facility in Sarasota before being apprehended.
A bank manager called the police when Danielle presented a fake passport; Ciera was also arrested and was a co-defendant in the case.
According to New York Magazine, the two met while incarcerated at a detention facility on Rikers Island.
Authorities state that in the same year, Danielle used stolen identities to apply for at least 10 loans from the Small Business Association, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans relating to the pandemic.
Several loans were turned down and marked as potentially fraudulent, but in July 2020, the government transferred £100k to an account Danielle allegedly operated in someone else’s name.
According to authorities, Danielle obtained four further loans totalling almost £800,000 in the eight months that followed.
Not ever one to hide her wealth, during this time she used her Instagram account to show off her Chanel, Gucci and Prada ensembles as well as videos of her driving a Rolls-Royce convertible.
Despite all of this, Danielle asserts in the article that she pays for her lifestyle out of her own pocket.
While this is certainly shocking, you can’t tell the story of Danielle without discussing what led her here in the first place.
Before she was a self-confessed con artist, she was the victim of revenge porn during secondary school.
Danielle is the daughter of wealthy Manhattan parents and a graduate of the prestigious Horace Mann School.
When she was in year eight in 2004, a boy she had a crush on dared her in an AIM message to prove she wasn’t a “prude”.
A teenager at the time, Danielle disrobed and used her laptop to record three sexual videos where she featured the handle of a Swiffer mop. Then, she emailed them to him.
Sadly, the boy forwarded them to Danielle’s best friend who then passed them on to other friends. Before Danielle knew it, the videos had spread like wildfire.
The clips went viral among private school communities and ended up on the LimeWire and Kazaa file-sharing services – and Danielle was quickly given the name “Swiffer Girl”.
But the videos weren't just shared by the kids of New York's private schools and their pals; Danielle was also made fun of on a page dedicated to the scandal on the now-defunct social media site Friendster.
It eventually became known as one of the world’s first-ever revenge-porn scandals cited multiple times in New York Magazine as well as in Ariel Levy’s book Female Chauvinist Pigs.
Danielle was left traumatised in the process, she became the centre of the school’s gossip and parents were telling their children to not invite her over.
With the odds stacked against her, when she was in year nine Danielle decided to abandon what was left of her identity as a “nice girl”.
She got her first fake ID and doubled down on the scandal, going out drinking and developing a reputation as a party girl.
“Her whole clout is the fact that she had this scandal, that she’s this Horace Mann legend or whatever. That’s the only way to cope with the pain of what happened to her, in a sense: being a larger-than-life character,” a former friend previously told New York Magazine.
Over the years Danielle was continuously shamed as if it was she who had done something wrong and eventually her decades-long attempt at forming a new identity spiralled out of control.
Judge Thomas Krug imposed the maximum punishment of five years in jail in Danielle's case at the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Sarasota. She will be in court again in November on different fraud-related counts.
After allegedly using the identities of many people to acquire COVID-19 epidemic relief loans, Danielle was charged with three counts of wire fraud and two charges of severe identity theft.
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