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Category Archives: Fraud & Theft Crimes

Ending The Porch Pirates Reign of Terror in Michigan… Redundantly.

Online shopping is not without risks. You might not get what you paid for, or the item you bought could arrive damaged – the victim of an overly enthusiastic postal worker. Perhaps the guy in the warehouse sent your item in the wrong color, or someone screwed up along the way and your item disappeared […]

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From Everything to Nothing: Lottery Winners End up Facing Criminal Charges?

Everybody wants to win the lottery! And who wouldn’t – the classic American dream. Picking the winning numbers and suddenly having more cash than you know what to do with. Sounds like a dream come true doesn’t it. Until you read the stats and discover that more than 70% of lottery winners in the US […]

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New Bills Would Update Michigan Payroll Fraud Law

Attorney General Dana Nessel has created a task force whose sole purpose is to crack down on payroll fraud. The AG’s Payroll Fraud Enforcement Initiative aims to address what she believes is an under-the-radar problem that steals millions in taxes from the government every year, and cheats hardworking Michiganians out of their wages.  But part […]

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Why is Bribery Illegal in Michigan? Aren’t You Just Paying For Help?

What is bribery? It’s one person paying another person (or group of people) for a service they’ll provide – in most cases, it’s a service they wouldn’t have provided without the incentive of cash or something else of value. But isn’t that the foundation of all business? Aren’t we always just paying people and businesses […]

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“America: Don’t Commit Crimes With Checks!”

It’s a statement that’s gone viral, just like the case that instigated this humorous jab, made by Charles Barkley on the American Express Halftime Report on TNT. While chatting with Shaquille O’Neal and other hosts during halftime of the Rockets-Lakers game, Barkley weighed in on the Jussie Smollett controversy with a surprising and rather funny […]

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Why am I Being Charged With ‘Organized Crime’? I Only Took One Thing From a Store!

  For most people, when you say the words “organized crime” they tend to think of mob movies. Dead-eyed men in suits sitting around in the back rooms behind bars, discussing major drug deals and having their rivals made to disappear. What they don’t think of is ordinary people nicking stuff from stores. Because that’s […]

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Handling Other People’s Money Daily Can Make Stealing it Seem Easy!

  There isn’t a week that goes by without a story making headlines about someone who embezzled money from their workplace. But why?. Why would someone steal money that isn’t theirs, when the chances of getting caught are so high? Surely they don’t want to go to prison, do they? Well, of course they don’t […]

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Tax Scams to Avoid This Tax Season in Michigan! (Part 2)

  Welcome back to our two part series on common tax scams in Michigan. As fraud and financial  crime defense attorneys, we’ve helped a lot of people over the years who’ve been accused of financial crimes when in fact, all they did was make a mistake. However, we also know that there are numerous people […]

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Tax Scams to Avoid This Tax Season in Michigan! (Part 1)

  Every year the Internal Revenue Service releases their ‘dirty dozen’ list – a list of the 12 most pervasive tax scams that end up costing people a small fortune. Scams that are illegal in every state in the U.S., and can rob people of money they were counting on. Scams that, if you decide […]

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Mail Fraud is Common in Michigan. This is What it Looks Like…

  Mail fraud is one of the most common types of fraud committed in the United States, and here in Michigan we’re no exception. Hundreds of cases of suspected mail fraud are investigated every year in Michigan. Lots of these investigations lead to criminal charges. However, if you aren’t involved in mail fraud yourself, and […]

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