Houston police are seeking more possible victims of a female suspect arrested for bilking several people out of tens of thousands of dollars while claiming to be a doctor and/or a forensic pathologist at the HPD.
The suspect, Katherine M. Milliken (w/f, DOB: 7-22-50), was taken into custody on July 3 and has been charged with fraudulent use and/or possession of identifying information (ID theft) in the 338th State District Court. Since more victims are being sought in this case, a photo of Milliken is attached to this news release.
HPD Financial Crimes Unit Senior Police Officer D. Santander reported:
Milliken defrauded five victims of more than $100,000 by using their names and personal information to obtain multiple credit cards. In addition, she used the name of a business, Hobby Squadron Association, to open several checking accounts in order to make minimum payments on the credit cards.
After Milliken was introduced to a member of a local aviators’ group in 2006 posing as a doctor and a professional fundraiser, she spoke at one of the group’s meetings and offered to host weekly meetings at a building she said she owned at 8244 Travelair in southeast Houston. Members of the group, known as the “Hobby Squadron,” were taken by Milliken’s charm and hospitality and filled out personal information forms to attend the meetings in her building. Using that personal information, Milliken used several members’ names to open several charge cards and purchased items and took lavish trips with the cards. One member was defrauded about $100,000, while others were bilked for thousands of dollars.
On June 4, 2008, the first group member reported to HPD that he was a victim of identify theft and provided information on Milliken as a possible suspect.
Subsequent victims stated Milliken claimed she had medical connections and could get federal grant money for non-profit organizations such as the aviators’ group. As a result, group members gave her about $26,000 in hopes of receiving grant monies that were never obtained. She also claimed to work as a pathologist for the HPD, where she was never employed. In addition, Milliken gained sympathy of her victims by stating she was terminally ill with cancer.
Following a lengthy investigation, Milliken was charged and arrested at her residence at 1801 Wroxton without incident. When arrested, she was in possession of cocaine. As a result, she is also charged with possession of a controlled substance in the 177th State District Court.
Investigators urge anyone who might have been victimized by Katherine Milliken to contact the HPD Financial Crimes Unit at 713-308-2500.