The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently issued a press release that exposed an organization that creates sham marriages for those intending to obtain U.S. Green Cards for citizens of foreign countries. This case might be an eye opener for people nationwide, including Michigan, to learn about the potential consequences of committing white collar crimes. In this case, 96 people face federal charges after they were indicted for marriage fraud in another state.
The police don't have a warrant to search your car. You're not even on their radar. However, they pull you over for allegedly rolling through a stop sign in Grand Rapids. When the officer starts talking to you, he decides to search your vehicle.
A former member of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy was indicted on several federal charges in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan. The white collar crimes charges followed an investigation and a raid by police on one of the accused pharmacist's two stores. Court documents indicate that the charges include insurance fraud.
Being arrested by law enforcement in Michigan is a harrowing experience for most people. In many cases, occupants of vehicles in a traffic stop feel intimidated by the police officers, and they forget that they can refuse to answer questions. A recent case that led to a passenger facing several felonies shows that not only the driver but also all the occupants of a vehicle can land in trouble with law enforcement.
Public trust in Michigan and across the country was shaken by news reports about college admissions fraud schemes involving several celebrities. Actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Gianulli were accused of white collar crimes after they allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters admitted to a leading university on the West Coast, based on false claims that the girls were competitive rowers. This is but one of the dozens of alleged admission fraud cases involving a number of prestigious schools nationwide.