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Former Tryon commissioner detained for violating pretrial release

TRYON — Former Tryon commissioner Roy Miller is in federal custody until at least Friday, when he will appear in federal court for violating his pretrial release.

Roy Miller

Miller was arrested by U.S. Marshals Monday, with the North Carolina Department of Justice confirming that he had his initial appearance Monday morning after being brought in on a pretrial release violation.

The DOJ said his hearing is scheduled in Asheville Friday, and Miller will be detained until then.

Miller was initially arrested in April 2017 on charges of conspiracy to commit federal program fraud, one count of federal program fraud, one count of extortion under color of official right and one count of witness tampering.

Former Tryon Fire Chief Joey Davis was charged at the same time with one count of conspiracy to commit federal program fraud.

Davis was fired last January after the town discovered he used town credit cards to pay Miller’s personal bills. Davis was, at one point, the town manager and fire chief during the alleged use of the credit cards.

Miller announced his resignation as town commissioner last March, effective June 1.

The DOJ said details on why Miller is being detained this week are not yet public. Details could be released following Miller’s court appearance on Friday.

Miller’s and Davis’ case in federal court has been continued on several occasions since last year, with the case currently set for May 14 at 9 a.m.

Attorney Fredilyn Sison is representing Miller. Attorney Stephen Lindsay is representing Davis.

Miller’s bond revocation hearing is set for Friday at 11:20 a.m. in the federal court building, located at 100 Otis St., Asheville.