Cherokee building materials supplier charged with fraud

A Cherokee building contractor has been charged with stealing $2 million worth of material from a Cherokee city building site, police said.

Cherokee City Manager Jeff Stearns said Thursday that William R. Miller, 59, was arrested on charges of grand theft auto, aggravated burglary, criminal mischief and theft.

The charges stem from an investigation into theft of city building materials, said Sgt. Gary Daley with the Cherokees Police Department.

Miller worked for a building contractor and he stole material from the site, Daley said.

Miller was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Rock Springs, Kan.

He is due back in federal court in Sioux Falls on July 6.

Miller has been employed with the city since September of last year, and the city hired him to clean up after a storm, Dale said.

Miller was previously employed by a construction company that also has a Cheyenne building site.

Stearns declined to release the name of the building contractor or the building materials he allegedly stole, citing the ongoing investigation.

Miller is the owner of the Cherokee Building Materials company.