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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is little doubt that when the federal indictments were announced, many observers believed the doctor was guilty and would pay a heavy price for serious crimes. There is also little doubt that many of those same observers missed the news that the physician has been exonerated and all of the 32 counts of alleged health care fraud, wire fraud and mail fraud have been dropped by prosecutors.