A Bend man previously fined thousands of dollars for posing fraudulently as a home inspector has been arrested in connection with a Christmas Day kidnapping and assault of an acquaintance.
Gregory Mason Miller, 47, is being held on $375,000 bail on charges that include kidnapping, stalking, burglary, strangulation, menacing, assault and reckless burning.
In a news release, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said Miller targeted the victim, waiting in her barn on Bull Springs Road near Shevlin Park for her to come check on her animals. When she arrived, Miller allegedly held her against her will, the release stated, threatening her with a knife, strangling her and attempting to bind her hands.
Charging documents filed in Deschutes County Circuit Court identify the victim as Lee Haverland.
Haverland escaped and reported the incident just after 11 p.m. Christmas Day. Sheriff’s deputies, including SWAT personnel and a search dog, responded to search the area for Miller and found his burned vehicle smoldering nearby.
Miller was located Tuesday morning near where the incident took place and taken into custody.
He was treated for minor self-inflicted injuries at St. Charles Bend before being booked into the Deschutes County jail.
Miller was in the news earlier this year when he was fined more than $80,000 for conducting home inspections while posing as a licensed home inspector.
An investigation by the Oregon Construction Contractors Board found Miller used the CCB license number held by a licensed contractor, and the business name of a Bend builder when presenting himself as licensed home inspector.
Stan Jessup, enforcement manager for the CCB, said Thursday he’d heard of Miller’s recent arrest.
Jessup said he was also familiar with Haverland, who contacted the CCB earlier this year to report that her address was listed as Miller’s in a list of contractors facing sanctions on the board’s website. Jessup said Haverland told him Miller had performed work for her in the past but that he had never lived at the address.
Miller was arraigned in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Thursday and is scheduled to again appear in court for an indictment Jan. 4.
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