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ACLU challenges Detroit’s cash bail system’s inequities

When a person is arrested in Ann Arbor or Detroit or anywhere else in Michigan, the criminal justice system is supposed to have a presumption of innocence. In other words, you are supposed to be considered innocent until you are proven guilty.

But the ACLU of Michigan recently filed a federal class-action lawsuit that argues that the 36th District Court in Detroit is violating the constitutional rights of those who are arrested and then confined to jail because they cannot afford bail. The lawsuit argues that the cash bail system is presuming that those who cannot come up with bail are guilty, not innocent.

Former exec and former detective arrested on fraud charges

The couple was living the American dream. She was the chief operating officer of a respected health care provider. He was a long-time detective who investigated fraud cases for the district attorney’s office.

Now the two face federal charges that include mail fraud, money laundering and embezzlement.

Doctors, executives and others charged with health care fraud

Federal authorities recently announced that they have uncovered a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that targeted seniors and the disabled across the nation, including here in Michigan. Officials said 24 people have been arrested on federal health care fraud charges in what they described as a far-flung operation that included doctors, corporate executives and telemarketers working out of foreign call centers.

The Justice Department accuses the defendants of peddling orthopedic braces to seniors who did not need them. The doctors who allegedly participated wrote hundreds of thousands of prescriptions for unneeded back, wrist, knee and shoulder braces.

Michigan State Police arrest woman in far-ranging alleged scam

Michigan State Police recently arrested a woman who they believe is part of a scam that ranges from Detroit to Pennsylvania, Georgia, Syria and Poland. The 59-year-old was taken into custody on nine counts of criminal conspiracy to commit theft by deception and receiving stolen property, a news source reported.

She is being held in a Detroit-area jail until she can be extradited to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she allegedly helped scam more than $110,000 from a woman there.

Federal college admissions bribery charges announced

News outlets across Michigan and the nation buzzed yesterday with news of a college admissions scandal that has ensnared actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. The two are among the 50 individuals charged with participation in a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed university coaches and insiders to get their children into prestigious schools.

According to federal prosecutors, those currently under arrest face racketeering conspiracy charges, though additional charges and defendants might be added later.

Pair of Michigan men facing credit card fraud, larceny charges

If you drive northeast of Ann Arbor for about 50 miles, you will come to the Detroit northern suburb of Troy. The city of about 80,000 residents prides itself as a business and shopping destination for the metro area, but also features a pair of LA Fitness workout clubs.

The Special Investigations Unit of the city’s police department recently arrested two 19-year-old men on charges of credit card fraud and larceny. Law enforcement officials say the men had been spotted entering locker rooms at various LA Fitness outlets and stealing items from lockers.

Milan man facing internet fraud charges and potentially much more

It takes just a few minutes to drive south of Ann Arbor to Milan, a small town with about 5,000 residents on the southern edge of Washtenaw County. A 31-year-old man there was recently charged with wire fraud in what law enforcement officials are describing as an elaborate internet fraud scheme.

Federal law enforcement officers raided the Milan man’s home and reported finding 11 improvised explosive devices known as IEDs, a pair of loaded assault-style rifles, two pipe bombs and more than $50,000 in cash, among other items.

Parental alienation: diving into a decision

When their parents divorced, the three daughters, ages 7, 13 and 15, spent two days a week with one and the remaining five days with the other. The following week, the time allotments for the parents were switched. The parents had joint legal custody, according to the divorce agreement, with the father, a professor, tabbed as the primary custodial parent.

The mother, an attorney, filed a petition seeking sole custody, arguing that the father was inhibiting the development of the girls; he returned fire, arguing that the mom had scheduled activities that included his parenting time, without his approval. He also asked for sole custody, arguing that his former spouse had alienated the children from him.

Huge bond for Detroit-area doctor in alleged opioid fraud scheme

A Detroit-area doctor was told he could be freed from federal custody for a price. The price of freedom for the 77-year-old physician: $7 million.

Rajendra Bothra, of Bloomfield Hills, was indicted in December with five other doctors for alleged participation in a health care fraud scheme. The physicians are accused of running the fraudulent operation from the Pain Center and Interventional Pain Center, in Warren and Eastpointe.

Detroit mother and daughter accused of retail fraud

It is very likely that some of our readers are familiar with Detroit’s west side – specifically the corner of Michigan Avenue and Casper Street. The brick-fronted Cas Bar sits there, hosting its small crowd of regulars, bikers and hipsters.

Described as “a total dive” by the Free Press, the Cas Bar is run by a mother and daughter team. But the establishment’s management team is facing several criminal charges, including criminal enterprise, conspiracy to commit organized retail crime and concealing stolen property, the newspaper reports.

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