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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.

Tax changes will alter divorces and spousal support in 2019

We have seen it happen here in Michigan at the start of every new year: people decide that they have given their marriages enough second chances. For many, the holiday season served as a final attempt to salvage the relationship, but now that yuletide has passed and the lights and tree have been taken down, it’s time to start not only a new year, but a new phase in life.

There are some changes to the law to discuss with an experienced family law attorney, however. Last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have a significant impact on divorce planning this year. In the past, spousal support payments were tax deductible for the spouse making those alimony payments.

Prosecutors: doctors flee rather than face health care fraud charges

The Detroit News recently reported that 16 area doctors and medical professionals have left the country after they were charged with health care fraud or opioid-related criminal activity. Prosecutors recently cited the cases when arguing to keep Dr. Rajendra Bothra behind bars as he awaits trial in one of the largest health care fraud investigations in American history.

A U.S. Magistrate judge agreed with prosecutors that Bothra’s wealth and ties to India makes him a flight risk. The news report says that medical professionals who have in recent years fled the country after criminal charges were announced have two things in common: lots of money and ties to foreign destinations.

Former Michigan State president faces felony perjury charges

At the beginning of 2018, Lou Anna K. Simon was one of the most powerful figures in Michigan education. Now the former president of Michigan State University is facing felony charges of lying to a peace officer.

Simon – who resigned as MSU president back in late January – is accused of lying to police about what she knew of Larry Nassar's abuse of a patient in 2014 at the MSU Sports Medicine Clinic.

Michigan man accused of selling phony Social Security cards

According to federal investigators, the West Michigan man’s business card indicated that he was from a company providing painting services. Though the back of the card was adorned with an image of Jesus, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations says there was nothing saintly about his alleged attempts to sell fraudulent Social Security and Permanent Resident cards.

He has been charged with a federal felony: transfer of false identification documents. If convicted he could be sentenced to up to 15 years in a federal prison.

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