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Prosecutor: Deaths Of Former Westwood Councilman, Wife Both Suicides

Westwood Mayor John Birkner, along with Councilman Robert Bicocchi, Police Chief Frank Regino (in uniform) and Detective Rod Fortunat.
Westwood Mayor John Birkner, along with Councilman Robert Bicocchi, Police Chief Frank Regino (in uniform) and Detective Rod Fortunat. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Bob Miller
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At the scene.
At the scene. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash

WESTWOOD, N.J. (UPDATE) -- Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal confirmed that the deaths of former Westwood and Ridgewood Councilman Bob Miller and his wife, Aecha, were apparent suicides.

"Confirmation of [the] manners of death will be made by [the county] Medical Examiner," the prosecutor said.

Grewal's Major Crimes Unit and the county Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification joined local police at the couple's home on Kinderkamack off Irvington Street.

Miller, 67, admitted in federal court in February that he sold bogus training certificates to workers who wanted to sell sex at massage parlors in four different counties.

As part of his plea agreement, Miller agreed to forfeit $95,926 -- which .S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said consisted of $25,826 seized in August 2013 from the Westwood home that he shared with his wife, as well as an additional $70,100 in ill-gotten gains that Miller surrendered to the FBI in December 2014.

He also resigned last year from the Westwood Council after seven years.

Miller was a Ridgewood councilman from 1996 to 1998.

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