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White Collar Crimes Archives

White collar crimes: Woman faces federal mail fraud charge

Embezzlement is a type of fraud that occurs when a person wrongfully takes property from someone with whom he or she has a fiduciary relationship, and converts it to his or her own account. Convictions on white collar crimes charges such as embezzlement can be detrimental to the personal and professional life of anyone in Michigan or elsewhere. A 55-year-old woman in another state is facing a federal charge of mail fraud that involves embezzlement.

White collar crimes: Seniors lost investments of over $13 million

A bill was recently proposed to establish a Senior Investor Taskforce that will endeavor to protect investors in Michigan and other states who are older than 65. An FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge says the vulnerability of the senior members of the society makes them targets of fraudulent schemes and white collar crimes. The comment followed the arrest of a 58-year-old man who allegedly orchestrated several fraud schemes causing substantial losses to at least 17 elderly clients.

White collar crimes: Doctor pleads not guilty in federal court

Amid the growing national opioid epidemic, the U.S. Department of Labor became suspicious when it was determined that the Federal Employees' Compensation Act's spending on compound medicines skyrocketed from $2 million in 2011 to $263 million in 2016. A federal investigation was launched, and Michigan readers might be interested to know that a general surgeon in another state is one of several doctors under federal indictment for white collar crimes. The labor department alleges this doctor is part of an alleged scam that arranged false prescriptions for U.S. armed service members for compound medications they did not need -- to the value of $39.7 million.

Bulk mail scheme operators face white collar crimes charges

Anyone in Michigan who learns that he or she is being investigated for fraud will want to secure criminal defense counsel -- even before an arrest. Hefty fines, restitution orders and even incarceration can follow a conviction, and acting early may prevent or limit any consequences. Three men in another state who are accused of white collar crimes are facing federal charges for alleged postal fraud conducted over a period of approximately five years.

Michigan doctors charged with white collar crimes

The Department of Justice says it has charged over 150 doctors for opioid-related criminal activities since 2017. One of the most recent cases involving accusations of white collar crimes saw the DOJ handing down a federal indictment for an alleged $200 million fraud scheme that involved four Michigan doctors. Prosecutors say the scheme financed a luxurious lifestyle that included a mansion worth $7 million, exotic cars and designer watches.

When doctors are accused of upcoding or unbundling

Doctors can have a lot of paperwork to deal with in connection to the care of their patients. This includes billing paperwork, such as billing related to Medicaid. Being accused of acting fraudulently in connection to such billing can create serious problems for a doctor. There are many different kinds of Medicaid fraud doctors could be accused of. Today we will go over two such types: upcoding and unbundling. Both involve billing codes.

Expect more money laundering cases to be pursued

While the legislative session in Lansing and Washington, D.C. begin, headlines have been teeming with information about budget battles, votes on controversial issues and, of course, a government shutdown. In the midst of these legislative headlines, money laundering statutes and enforcement policies appear to be hidden.

'All cash' real estate purchases garnering more scrutiny

Home renovation shows are arguably as popular as they have ever been. Perhaps it is the market driving their notoriety as in Michigan there are a number of distressed properties for investors to purchase and renovate.  One could say that better economic conditions have created a resurgence of “flipping” houses.

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