A doctor who told reporters he had an affair with Golan Cipel, the man accusing New Jersey governor James E. McGreevey of sexual harassment, has been arrested. Officers took Michael David Miller into custody at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday at his home in Livingston, N.J., the Essex County Sheriff's Office said Friday morning.
The [Newark] Star-Ledger reported on its Web site that Miller was charged with impersonating an FBI officer and causing false public alarm. "His behavior was so bizarre that I felt compelled, after discussing this with the prosecutor, to take this action to protect the community and Mr. Miller," Sheriff Armando Fontoura told the newspaper. He said Miller "has a serious problem with reality."
The Star-Ledger reported that Miller falsely told police he is a CIA operative and that the satellite dish on his house is used for CIA communications. The doctor also is accused of calling authorities and alleging that he knew someone who was planning to blow up the Essex County courthouse.
Authorities declined to comment Friday on the charges but said Miller was to be arraigned later in the day.
Miller told the New York Post and Daily News as well as WCBS-TV in New York that he had had an affair with Golan Cipel, a former adviser to McGreevey. McGreevey announced last week that he is gay and admitted having had an adulterous affair with a man; he also announced that he would resign, effective November 15. Sources close to McGreevey, speaking on condition of anonymity, have identified the man as Cipel, a former homeland security aide from Israel, and said that Cipel had demanded millions of dollars to keep quiet.
However, Cipel says he is heterosexual and was subjected to sexual harassment by McGreevey. His lawyer has said the extortion claims are false and that the governor's representatives offered money to Cipel to keep him quiet. Cipel has also denied Miller's claims.