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• Schuette Secures $114,542 for Victims of Mortgage Rescue Fraud


Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced $114,542 will be distributed from the Homeowner Protection Fund to more than 112 victims of the Hope4Homeowners mortgage rescue scam.

 "These funds will help victims of the mortgage foreclosure cases we've prosecuted get their money back, when they would otherwise be left with nothing," said Schuette.

 "Homeownership is a fundamental part of the American dream. We will continue to aggressively investigate allegations of criminal misconduct by mortgage foreclosure scammers and advocate for Michigan families."

The charges against Help4Homeowners resulted from Attorney General investigation based on homeowner complaints. Help4Homeowners was convicted of violating Michigan's Credit Services Act (CSA). Michigan law prohibits "foreclosure rescue" companies, which provide foreclosure advice, from making misleading or false statements, or charging service fees before any service is completed. The Credit Services Act carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine, and allows the Attorney General's office to seek restitution for affected consumers.

 Reimbursement checks will be processed for more than 112 victims of Help4Homeowners from the Homeowner Protection Fund by Schuette's Corporate Oversight Division.

 Schuette encourages consumers who may have been a victim of Help4Homeowners to contact his Corporate Oversight Division at 877-765-8388.

 Read more: http://1.usa.gov/1imm0Pa



Schuette Files Felony Embezzlement Charges Against Northern Michigan Funeral Home Owner

April 16, 2014

            LANSING - Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his Criminal Division has charged R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel, and its owner Richard Weishuhn, 68, of Standish with multiple felony embezzlement charges for allegedly embezzling money from his customers' prepaid funerals.

Schuette: Beware Computer Ransomware Scams

April 14, 2014


            LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today warned consumers of Ransomware scams that can encrypt or lock files on a computer.

"Every day cyber criminals are devising new ways to scam consumers," said Schuette.  "I urge Michigan residents to be wary of emails from unrecognized sources and encourage consumers to use our helpful suggestions to protect themselves and their personal information from cyber scams."

Schuette: Avoid Falling Victim to Foreclosure Rescue Scams

April 11, 2014

        LANSING -  
Attorney General Schuette today highlighted the work of his Homeowner Protection Unit to secure more than $1.6 million in restitution for victims of mortgage fraud-related crimes and offered important tips to help Michigan consumers avoid becoming victims of foreclosure rescue scams. The advice is issued as part of Schuette’s commitment to educate the public during National Crime Victim Rights’ Week.

Schuette, Arwood Announce $100,000 Fine, Permanent Surrender of License for South Lyon Pharmacy Connected to Tainted Drugs Distributed in 2013

April 10, 2014

Attorney General Bill Schuette and Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Steve Arwood today announced that Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy, of South Lyon, and its owner Kenny Walkup, will pay $100,000 in state fines and the formal sanctions of license revocation for Walkup and permanent surrender for Specialty Medicine.

Schuette Statement on Governor Snyder's Appointment of Tom Cameron to Wayne County's 3rd Circuit Court

April 10, 2014

      LANSING -  
Attorney General Bill Schuette today praised Governor Snyder’s appointment of Tom Cameron to Wayne County’s 3rd Circuit Court:

     “Tom Cameron exemplifies the very best in public service.  He has served with distinction under two attorneys general as Criminal Justice Bureau Chief in the Department of Attorney General.  In that critical role, Tom worked long hours on many of the toughest cases in our department.  He will be greatly missed.

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