Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Many Americans desperately want their lives to return to normal as soon as possible. Some are willing to do just about anything to make that happen, even if they end up committing a crime. (Desperate times call for desperate measures.) Two defendants in Michigan...

A Slice of Fraud Justice

The former CEO of Passport Pizza, who previously managed a dozen locations across Michigan’s Macomb County, has finally been served a slice of justice after being convicted of bank fraud. Michael Bischoff, 60, of Macomb Township, was sentenced to 32 months in prison and must...

Four Cars but No Getaway Plan

Darrell Baker, 56, of Michigan, was sentenced after pleading guilty to committing bank fraud and money laundering. In September 2020, Baker pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud for defrauding a Pennsylvania financial institution of $590,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. He also...

COVID Feature: Sometimes, It’s Better to be Last

Most of the time, it’s great to be first because it means you’re really good at time management or you’re the best at something. (For instance, you’re first in line at Walmart on Black Friday or your team wins the Super Bowl. Essentially, you...

A Fraudster by Any Other Name

The scary thing about fraudsters is that they are often the people you’d be least likely to expect, like your boss or the girl next door. This is the case for one fraudster from Michigan, who was able to live a lie for years...

A Sucker for Fraud

Unemployment insurance provides benefits and wage replacement through the state to those who are unable to secure employment through no fault of their own. Of course, this excludes fraudsters who are looking to make a quick buck off those less fortunate. Fraudsters often lie...

COVID Feature: Thriving on Vulnerability

Fraudsters thrive on vulnerability, especially when a nation is going through a pandemic. (It’s just part of a fraudster’s nature to look for new opportunities and victims to exploit.) Darrell Baker of Detroit, Mich., pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering charges for...

Peace, Love & Serenity

Fraudsters often see their state’s unemployment programs as an opportunity to fraudulently receive funds by applying for benefits using stolen or fake information. (This is especially true during the coronavirus pandemic.) Two Michigan residents have been charged for their roles in a scheme to defraud...

An Inside Job

A Detroit, Mich., woman is facing charges for defrauding the state of Michigan all from the comfort of her couch. Brandi Hawkins is charged with wire fraud and money laundering. She is also accused of defrauding the state of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA)...

COVID Feature: The Unmasked Fraudster

The shortage of medical-grade face masks and other personal protective equipment has distressed medical workers and others at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The worst among us have tapped into that urgent need with fraudulent equipment. In one recent case, a 24-year-old Michigan man is...
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