When times are tough, people in Michigan and other states might find ways to deal with overwhelming debts. They take money to which they are not entitled -- usually with the intention to replace it. However, these matters frequently snowball, and when they become unmanageable, white collar crimes charges could follow. A 43-year-old woman in another state, who became entangled in such crimes, recently pleaded guilty to federal charges that could potentially send her to prison for 30 years.
Following the recent guilty plea of the mastermind of a real estate scam, a woman now also admitted to playing a role in the nationwide scam. According to court documents, she was employed as a salesperson and later promoted to sales manager for a business called American Standard -- owned by a former Ataris rock band bass player. She will face white-collar crimes charges under the federal SCAMS Act. She has already pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud.
Anyone in Michigan who is the subject of a criminal investigation will likely explore the available defense options. When allegations include white-collar crimes, defending charges might be complicated. Fraud is one type of white-collar crime that typically comprises misrepresentations, false statements or deceitful conduct. Prosecutors will accuse the defendant of gaining money or property by deceiving or misleading the rightful owner.
Early Intervention Programs in Michigan and elsewhere offer remedial services to children up to the age of three who have developmental problems. Medicaid or other agencies or departments pay for some of these services. A teacher in another state was recently arrested on charges of white-collar crimes that allegedly involved filing claims for EIP therapy sessions that were never provided.
Prosecutors in Michigan say three people pleaded guilty in federal court recently to charges related to providing fake identity documents to people who were not in the country legally. Reportedly, convictions on the white-collar crimes charges they face could see each of the three defendants behind bars for up to 15 years. Two of the defendants are a father and son from West Michigan, and the third defendant is from another state.
Professionals or entrepreneurs in Michigan might be interested in a case involving one of the individuals on the most wanted fugitives list of the Feds. This case involves alleged white-collar crimes committed by a couple who operated a company that provided nursing homes with medical equipment. The husband was recently arraigned in a federal court after he was expelled from another country to which he fled a decade ago while his wife was convicted and incarcerated on charges of defrauding Medicaid and Medicare.
Arrests for embezzlement are frequently reported in the media nationwide, including in Michigan. What defines embezzlement? Classified as one of a number of white collar crimes, it mostly occurs in corporate settings. It usually involves a person who is responsible for handling assets and in a position of trust. Those who face embezzlement charges are typically accused of converting business property with which they were entrusted to their own use for personal gain.
Indictments in federal courts in Michigan and elsewhere do not constitute guilt. Instead, they are only accusations. Defendants are constitutionally guaranteed the presumption of innocence unless and until prosecutors actually prove otherwise in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. This applies to all criminal cases, involving those concerning allegations of white collar crimes.
People in Michigan might be interested in a case that was recently filed by federal prosecutors in another state. It is one of many cases in which medical professionals are accused of committing white collar crimes. A doctor faces Medicare fraud charges under the False Claims Act. Prosecutors allege the defendant risked the lives of patients while he also submitted false claims.
Destroyed careers, massive fines, restitution payments and incarceration can follow a conviction for fraud or embezzlement in Michigan. That applies to all types of white-collar crimes. The term refers to cheating and dishonesty, and anyone -- from accounting clerks in small businesses, business professionals, politicians and top executives -- could find themselves accused of white-collar crimes.