Whenever people in Michigan and other states are appointed in positions in which they will be trusted to work with significant amounts of money, some may not be able to resist the temptation of siphoning some of it off for personal use. White collar crimes charges frequently result from such situations. A recent case involved an executive of a professional basketball team in another state.
People in Michigan might be conned to participate in schemes that involve wire fraud without even realizing that they are caught up in criminal activities. Acts of wire fraud are white collar crimes that require the use of electronic communication systems or any type of interstate communications facilities. Telephones and the internet are the primary communication methods used to commit wire fraud.
Every year, the state's Health Care Fraud Division investigates cases that involve the filing of fraudulent claims and embezzlement of benefits. These felonies could lead to significant fines and jail sentences if convictions are obtained. A 50-year-old Michigan woman who faces charges of felony embezzlement is likely exploring her defense options.
By signing the First Step Act into law recently, President Trump brought about the first step in the reform of criminal justice. He did this by altering the guidelines for federal sentences. While Michigan and other states will likely take additional steps, judges will have leeway that they did not previously have when it comes to sentencing convicted criminals, regardless of the severity of the felonies committed.