Authorities raided company in June, seized cash, cars, weapons, suspected drugs
By J.R. Williams -- email@example.com
WINCHESTER -- The owners of a limousine company raided by authorities in June now face numerous felony charges in Frederick County Circuit Court.
Glenn E. Miller, 62, and Natalie W. Miller, 59, were indicted by a grand jury Thursday on charges of forging vehicle registrations, license plates and other credentials.
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles investigators, with assistance from other authorities, seized a mountain of evidence June 2 during their search of GEM Limousine's offices at 1100 Front Royal Pike.
Search warrants filed in the court show investigators confiscated weapons, suspected drugs, nearly $30,000 in cash and several vehicles.
The inquiry into the business continues, and authorities are planning more charges against the Millers, DMV spokeswoman Melanie Stokes said Friday.
"We anticipate more felony warrants handed to the grand jury next month," she said.
A DMV investigator, through Stokes, declined to comment on the nature of those charges or whether anyone else is suspected in the case.
During the raid, investigators seized two rifles with scopes and ammunition; several bags, bottles and a contact lens case containing suspected cocaine; and an unknown amount of suspected marijuana. However, no weapons or drug-related charges were filed against the Millers on Thursday.
Mrs. Miller is charged with three counts of perjury. Miller is charged with 71 counts of forgery, nine counts of possessing vehicles with altered identification, 10 counts of altering vehicle identification and two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.
Search warrants reveal that DMV authorities had received information from three informants who were current or former GEM employees. One of those informants told investigators that he or she witnessed Miller affix fraudulent license plates to GEM vehicles.
As part of their investigation, authorities searched the Front Royal Pike offices, a single-story, cinder-block building at 1124 Front Royal Pike and a a building at 627 Hites Road in Stephens City.
During the raid, they seized several boxes of vehicle odometers, suspect DMV "year" and "month" decals and suspect federal and county-issued personal property tax decals.
Thursday's indictments say such documents were affixed to eight vehicles.
Those vehicles seized during the investigation remain at the Frederick County Sheriff's Office impound lot, Stokes said.
"The outcome of the investigation will determine what will happen to these vehicles," she said.
A hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 8.
Both the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police are "heavily involved" in the investigation, Stokes said.