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October 2019 Archives

DNA links Michigan man to 2009 sex crimes

DNA technology has helped to resolve many cold cases nationwide. Frequently, arrests take place after a DNA matches are found that tie people to sex crimes or other offenses many years after the crimes were perpetrated. Such evidence recently led to the arrest of a Michigan man on charges of sexual misconduct on a minor in a neighboring state back in March, 2009.

Post-conviction matters involving DNA testing can be complicated

A report by the University of Michigan's National Registry of Exonerations shows that DNA evidence has led to more than 600 convictions to be overturned nationwide. One would think that if DNA tests could provide evidence that might exonerate someone facing a death penalty, it would automatically be allowed to form part of any other post-conviction matters. However, even if DNA testing is available, prosecutors might not allow submission of evidence for DNA testing.

White collar crimes: Guilty plea filed by acupuncturist

Medical professionals and other health care providers in Michigan and elsewhere frequently find themselves facing federal charges. Many of the white collar crimes cases filed in federal courts involve health care fraud. An acupuncturist recently pleaded guilty in one such a case in another state. She was accused of filing fraudulent bills worth millions of dollars with Amtrak's health care plan.

Computer and internet crimes: Alleged GoFundMe scammer charged

People in Michigan will likely remember the 2017 case in another state in which a man and his girlfriend scammed the public with a story about a homeless man who helped the woman by giving her his last $20 when her car ran out of gas. The trio was later accused of committing computer and internet crimes when it was determined that the feel-good story they used to get people to pay $400,000 into a GoFundMe account they established for the homeless man was a scam. All three were accused of collecting the money for personal enrichment.

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