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.
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.
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.
Michigan news outlets recently reported on the arrests of 26 suspects in an alleged scheme to defraud Medicaid, Medicare, employee health insurance plans and private payers. Defendants include 17 doctors and other medical professionals who allegedly tried to bilk Medicare and Medicaid out of $257 million.
Credit card skimmers are electronic devices often placed over the card-swipe mechanisms on gas pumps. When a person purchases gas with a card, the skimmer captures and records the card’s information stored in its magnetic strip. That data is later downloaded and exploited fraudulent purchases or to manufacture a counterfeit credit card.
If you drive east of Ann Arbor for a few minutes, you will arrive in Wyandotte. The Downriver community was recently the site of a raid by federal law enforcement agents on a house.
According to the FBI and federal prosecutors, the evidence in a recent investigation just northeast of Ann Arbor involved conversations about customers angry about a drop-off in product quality.
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.
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.
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.