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
"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.
consumers who may have been a victim of Help4Homeowners to contact his Corporate
Oversight Division at 877-765-8388.
LANSING - Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his Criminal Division has charged Jacob Perritt, 35, of St. Clair, with one count of Using a Computer to Commit a Crime, a seven year felony, and one count of Soliciting a Minor for Immoral Purposes, a four year felony for allegedly soliciting a minor for sex via Facebook.
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'
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."
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.
LANSING - 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.