The Southeast Michigan Financial Crimes Task Force concluded a six-month investigation of four individuals posing as legitimate real estate companies or employees of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in order to defraud individuals attempting to purchase houses in Detroit. The suspects created shell companies in order to open bank accounts where victims would wire down payments. The suspects were also involved with the arson of a home used in one of the real estate frauds. The four suspects face charges of conducting a criminal enterprise, arson, using a computer to commit a crime, felony false pretenses, conspiracy and money laundering. The U.S. Secret Service and the Office of Inspector General – Housing and Urban Development are part of the task force along with the MSP.
Four charged w/ operating a criminal enterprise – April 1, 2010