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.
They say that the three things most important in real estate are location, location, location. It appears that location also has much to do with how likely a person is to be arrested on marijuana-related charges in Michigan.
There are many Ann Arbor residents who make the pilgrimage west in order to enjoy the famous skyline, blues music or to sample the local cuisine that includes deep dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches and legendary hot dogs. We’re referring to Chicago, of course.
It’s about a two-hour drive due west of Ann Arbor to get to Kalamazoo. The city is home to five people recently arrested on federal white collar crime charges involving allegations of identity theft and credit card fraud in several West Michigan towns.
As our regular readers know, we do not share political views in our Ann Arbor criminal defense blog. But so many news items have been politicized in these highly charged times that it’s impossible not to note the political significance of some news reports.
On its website, the Department of Justice recently announced charges against 601 people across the United States as part of its National Health Care Fraud Takedown. The defendants include 76 doctors who are accused of illegal prescription peddling “and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics.”
The nation's opioid crisis is regularly in the news with officials grappling with ways in which to reduce the demand for powerful painkillers. Unsurprisingly, authorities often fall back on law enforcement to try to address problems with behavior and addiction.
If a company like Microsoft stores emails in data centers located abroad, are those emails out of the reach of U.S. prosecutors?
When you go to your Ann Arbor bank's drive-thru and pull into the lane farthest from the teller, you're in the so-called Felony Lane. The name comes from a multi-part scheme that involves ID theft and bank fraud.
In many states, “kidnapping” is defined as the taking of an individual from one place to another against their will, and confining them in that space. In the state of Michigan, the law further stipulates that in order to be considered kidnapping, the defendant must have the intent to do something unlawful to the victim, such as: