Facing federal fraud charges in Michigan is serious, and convictions can lead to years in federal prison and significant fines. A construction company owner in another state recently pleaded guilty to federal charges involving $2.5 million concealed from the IRS. Reportedly, the white collar crimes scheme started in Dec. 2014, and continued for nearly four years.
Over 200 Breathalyzers were removed from service while the Michigan State Police investigates allegations of fraud and forgery. One of the three vendors who service the state's Breathalyzers is suspected of committing white collar crimes. It is not yet clear how this would affect drivers who were charged with drunk driving after being tested by machines that may not have been calibrated.
A former employee of Michigan First Credit Union recently entered a guilty plea to embezzlement charges that were filed against her in December. Reportedly, Michigan First Credit Union investigated irregularities reported by the family of a 92-year-old client of the bank. During a meeting with her employers, the 52-year-old teller admitted to stealing funds from a vulnerable adult. She worked for the bank for 13 years, but her employment was terminated after she confessed to committing white collar crimes.
Michigan residents who purchased memorabilia online between 2010 and last month might now be unsure about the authenticity of the products. Federal prosecutors reported the arrest of a man in another state on white collar crimes charges. It is alleged that he offered autographed items of celebrities, movie stars and sports figures online. The indictment claims that people who were hired and paid to do it forged the signatures.
Being accused of credit card fraud is serious, and people in Michigan or elsewhere will be wise to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. In fact, that applies to any accusations of white collar crimes. This will likely be the first steps taken by three men in another state who were recently arrested and charged with credit card fraud.
When academics or other professionals are accused of criminal activity, the damage to their reputation and other aspects of their lives can be devastating. Michigan residents are likely shocked to learn that a 73-year-old professor in international relations in another state was recently indicted on federal white collar crimes charges that are similar to those on which he had been an expert witness in multiple criminal cases. It is alleged that the professor, who was an expert on organized crime and money laundering, laundered millions of dollars as part of a ring of corrupt foreign nationals.
An osteopathic physician with a clinic in Michigan was charged in federal court last year with conspiracy along with health care fraud. In July, another seven counts were added to the initial 18 counts. Two other individuals who apparently also worked out of the same clinic were also charged. The alleged white collar crimes involve selling services and compounded creams and submitting false claims with health insurers like Medicare.
Managing the wealth of others has tempted many financial consultants in Michigan and elsewhere over the years. In one such case, a man was recently indicted in federal court on securities and wire fraud charges. He is accused of being involved in two fraud schemes. Unfortunately, the temptation to commit white collar crimes can be overwhelming for some individuals who work with millions of dollars belonging to others.
A high-ranking official of United Auto Workers, with its headquarters in Michigan, is facing several felony charges, along with several other top officials of the union. The alleged white collar crimes case was outlined in a recent criminal information filing in the U.S. District Court sitting in Detroit. Prosecutors allege the defendant was part of a conspiracy to embezzle over $1.5 million from the UAW.
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.