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Suburban Detroit woman accused of ID theft, fraud

On most days, it take a little under an hour to drive northeast of Ann Arbor to Royal Oak. The Detroit suburb was where a Ferndale woman was recently arrested and charged with several fraud-related crimes, a news report stated.

She’s been charged with identity theft, obtaining and possessing personal identifying information, transfer with intent to commit identity theft, stealing and retaining using a financial transaction device and larceny.

Michigan man faces bank robbery charge

It is just 101 miles northeast of Ann Arbor to get to Port Huron. The lakeside city is a popular summertime tourist destination, but made headlines recently after a 49-year-old man was arrested for bank robbery there. Some of our readers will likely recall that a 42-year-old Port Huron woman was arrested on an unrelated bank robbery charge last month.

In the most recent case, the suspect was taken into custody at a residence after law enforcement officials had received a tip about him, the robbery and his location. Police said they found evidence inside the residence that could link him to the robbery.

Pair of Detroit-area doctors accused of health care fraud

No one should doubt the seriousness with which law enforcement officials take allegations of health care fraud. Two Detroit-area doctors have recently pleaded guilty to health care fraud charges and are facing harsh punishments.

A psychologist was recently sentenced to serve 51 months in a federal prison for his involvement in a $3 million scheme that officials said defrauded Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Suspect in 2018 Ann Arbor shooting captured

In the center of the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus sits The Diag. And at the center of that open space of crisscrossed sidewalks sits a brass block "M." Legend has it that a student who steps on the "M" before taking a Blue Book test will fail that exam.

While that bit of lore is fiction, it's certainly true that a man who was charged with assault with intent to murder for his alleged role in a 2018 shooting near The Diag was recently arrested. Jacob Labelle was taken into custody in Chicago after a year-long search began when he fled just prior to his conviction on the assault charge.

Former Detroit Lions player, 9 others accused of health care fraud

Ceandris “C.C.” Brown was last in the NFL a decade ago when the safety was with the Detroit Lions. He also played with the Texans and Giants.

Brown is one of 10 former NFL players charged with wire fraud, health care fraud and more for their alleged participation in a scheme to submit false claims to a health care plan for reimbursements for expensive equipment that was never purchased.

Violent crimes charges filed after deadly Michigan home invasion

If you drive about an hour and a half due west of Ann Arbor, you will arrive in Comstock Township. The town of about 14,000 was the site of a recent home invasion in which a homeowner was killed.

Three police officers were also shot. All are expected to have full recoveries, news reports stated. A 35-year-old suspect was taken into custody at the Comstock home and has been charged with violent crimes that include murder, home invasion, kidnapping and more.

Detroit-area jeweler accused of fraud in complex diamond scheme

One man claims to have lost between $2.5 million and $3 million. A regular customer says has been bilked out of about $450,000. A third man is a family friend who says he has lost about $3 million.

All three claim they are victims of a 58-year-old Detroit-area jeweler who has been arrested and charged with federal wire fraud.

Cosmetic surgeon accused of health care fraud in Michigan

A cosmetic surgeon is facing allegations of wrongdoing on a number of fronts, including in U.S. District Court in Michigan's Western District. A grand jury indictment charges Dr. Adam Smith with six counts of health care fraud and nine counts of making false statements relating to health care matters.

Smith practiced in Traverse City until 2014, when he moved to Sioux City, Iowa. He currently faces incompetence charges before that state’s medical board.

Part II: What is enmeshment and how can it affect child custody?

As regular readers of our Ann Arbor legal blog know, we recently published a post on enmeshment – the family dynamic in which personal boundaries and identities become blurred. Enmeshment can make it difficult – if not impossible – for a child to develop their own sense of self because they are focused on “feeling” the emotions experienced by their mother or father.

In many cases, experts say, the parent encouraging or fostering enmeshment is not doing it consciously but is rather perpetuating a pattern of behavior learned in their own childhood.

Part I: What is enmeshment and how can it affect child custody?

“Enmeshment” is for many an unfamiliar term, though the concept once explained can be immediately recognizable, especially to those grappling with the phenomenon in a family setting or child custody dispute.

Enmeshment can be described as a breakdown or blurring of boundaries between family members – most often a parent and child. It can make it difficult or impossible for a boy or girl to develop a sense of self that is apart from the parent because of constant concern for the mom or dad and the sense that they “feel” the parent’s emotions and that the parent feels theirs.

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