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Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby vlad the impaler » Sun May 25, 2008 2:29 pm

'Bout time we had a thread documenting the small time crooks, with their petty crimes and ham-handed schemes, slowly tearing away at the fabric of society:

Detroit man caught trying to pass off rolls of pennies as dimes

BRIGHTON --A Detroit man tried to pass off 130 rolls of dimes at a local bank, but there was a problem: almost all of the coins in each roll were pennies.

Now, Michael G. Jackson is looking at an 18-month to 5-year extension of the prison sentence he's already serving for violating parole.

Police say the 45-year-old Jackson went to a Brighton bank on Feb. 27 and tried to cash in what appeared to be $650 worth of dimes. But each roll of 50 coins had just one dime on each end, making it worth 68 cents -- or $88.40 altogether.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell says Jackson was sentenced Thursday on a charge of larceny by false pretenses. His 21 felony convictions include larceny from a person, larceny by false pretenses and retail fraud.

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar ... 50321/1361
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Tue May 27, 2008 9:22 am

vlad the impaler wrote:'Bout time we had a thread documenting the small time crooks, with their petty crimes and ham-handed schemes, slowly tearing away at the fabric of society:

Detroit man caught trying to pass off rolls of pennies as dimes

BRIGHTON --A Detroit man tried to pass off 130 rolls of dimes at a local bank, but there was a problem: almost all of the coins in each roll were pennies.

Now, Michael G. Jackson is looking at an 18-month to 5-year extension of the prison sentence he's already serving for violating parole.

Police say the 45-year-old Jackson went to a Brighton bank on Feb. 27 and tried to cash in what appeared to be $650 worth of dimes. But each roll of 50 coins had just one dime on each end, making it worth 68 cents -- or $88.40 altogether.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell says Jackson was sentenced Thursday on a charge of larceny by false pretenses. His 21 felony convictions include larceny from a person, larceny by false pretenses and retail fraud.

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar ... 50321/1361


This mastermind is on par with the Yooper I heard of who would catch the Mackinac Island ferry in St. Ignace, ride to the island, steal big bags full of empty returnable cans which he'd take back on the ferry. Oh shit.
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby Andy » Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:03 pm

The Rev. Jim Holley drew a few chuckles -- and may have raised an eyebrow or two -- at a Board of Police Commissioners meeting Thursday when he complained that he's not receiving special privileges from his parking pass and offered to give it back.

The Insider was there when the pastor of Little Rock Baptist Church complained to new Police Chief Warren Evans that he's still receiving parking tickets citywide, despite the laminated windshield pass that's intended to allow commissioners to park at board meetings. What's more, it did nothing for him at Detroit Metropolitan Airport when he tried to park there, Holley said.

"There should be some respect for commissioners," he said. "It is so humiliating. You are trying to say you are somebody. I don't get no money. I should get the privilege of no parking tickets."

Holley asked Evans to take up the issue with Mayor Dave Bing and instruct parking enforcement folks to stop giving tickets to his car.

Ever the diplomat, Evans said those workers don't report to him and the issue isn't one that requires Bing's attention. But Evans said he'd share Holley's concerns with parking folks.

http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/detr ... blogid=298
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:41 pm

Andy wrote:
The Rev. Jim Holley drew a few chuckles -- and may have raised an eyebrow or two -- at a Board of Police Commissioners meeting Thursday when he complained that he's not receiving special privileges from his parking pass and offered to give it back.

The Insider was there when the pastor of Little Rock Baptist Church complained to new Police Chief Warren Evans that he's still receiving parking tickets citywide, despite the laminated windshield pass that's intended to allow commissioners to park at board meetings. What's more, it did nothing for him at Detroit Metropolitan Airport when he tried to park there, Holley said.

"There should be some respect for commissioners," he said. "It is so humiliating. You are trying to say you are somebody. I don't get no money. I should get the privilege of no parking tickets."

Holley asked Evans to take up the issue with Mayor Dave Bing and instruct parking enforcement folks to stop giving tickets to his car.

Ever the diplomat, Evans said those workers don't report to him and the issue isn't one that requires Bing's attention. But Evans said he'd share Holley's concerns with parking folks.

http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/detr ... blogid=298


Is there something in the city water supply that infuses every person _ elected or otherwise _ that goes into public service with a gross sense of entitlement? What a petty thing to say.

And if you itemize, can't you just deduct parking fees/mileage?
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby guest » Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:05 pm

The Suburban Avenger wrote:
Andy wrote:
The Rev. Jim Holley drew a few chuckles -- and may have raised an eyebrow or two -- at a Board of Police Commissioners meeting Thursday when he complained that he's not receiving special privileges from his parking pass and offered to give it back.

The Insider was there when the pastor of Little Rock Baptist Church complained to new Police Chief Warren Evans that he's still receiving parking tickets citywide, despite the laminated windshield pass that's intended to allow commissioners to park at board meetings. What's more, it did nothing for him at Detroit Metropolitan Airport when he tried to park there, Holley said.

"There should be some respect for commissioners," he said. "It is so humiliating. You are trying to say you are somebody. I don't get no money. I should get the privilege of no parking tickets."

Holley asked Evans to take up the issue with Mayor Dave Bing and instruct parking enforcement folks to stop giving tickets to his car.

Ever the diplomat, Evans said those workers don't report to him and the issue isn't one that requires Bing's attention. But Evans said he'd share Holley's concerns with parking folks.

http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/detr ... blogid=298


Is there something in the city water supply that infuses every person _ elected or otherwise _ that goes into public service with a gross sense of entitlement? What a petty thing to say.

And if you itemize, can't you just deduct parking fees/mileage?

When I was at Wayne there was a guy who would park his beat up piece of shit car, it was a Yugo or something equally prestigious, on Cass south of Palmer and he'd stick a sign in his window, something about official city business, which looked homemade like those God Bless signs but it seemed to work.
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby jmy » Fri Jul 17, 2009 7:59 pm

The Suburban Avenger wrote:
Andy wrote:
The Rev. Jim Holley drew a few chuckles -- and may have raised an eyebrow or two -- at a Board of Police Commissioners meeting Thursday when he complained that he's not receiving special privileges from his parking pass and offered to give it back.

The Insider was there when the pastor of Little Rock Baptist Church complained to new Police Chief Warren Evans that he's still receiving parking tickets citywide, despite the laminated windshield pass that's intended to allow commissioners to park at board meetings. What's more, it did nothing for him at Detroit Metropolitan Airport when he tried to park there, Holley said.

"There should be some respect for commissioners," he said. "It is so humiliating. You are trying to say you are somebody. I don't get no money. I should get the privilege of no parking tickets."

Holley asked Evans to take up the issue with Mayor Dave Bing and instruct parking enforcement folks to stop giving tickets to his car.

Ever the diplomat, Evans said those workers don't report to him and the issue isn't one that requires Bing's attention. But Evans said he'd share Holley's concerns with parking folks.

http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/detr ... blogid=298


Is there something in the city water supply that infuses every person _ elected or otherwise _ that goes into public service with a gross sense of entitlement? What a petty thing to say.

And if you itemize, can't you just deduct parking fees/mileage?


Itemize? He'd have to file taxes first.

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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby Shark » Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:29 pm

Apparently the Chair and Vice Chair of the commission are men of gawd: Rev. Jim Holley and Rev. Ronald L. Griffin.

Rev. Griffin founded the Jesus Was a Teenager Too (JWATT) Foundation.
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby Pancho » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:18 am

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Psst. Let's not tell anybody, in case you are not interested.
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby Andy » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:27 am

This might be a better spot for that:

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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby Random Douchebag » Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:59 am

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Does anyone have any recommendations for an attorney specializing in medical negligence cases? I have a friend who either started out with a broken neck or ended up with one after they went to their chiropractor. The chiropractor never recommended an x-ray or seeking medical advice after my friend kept commenting about not being able to feel his feet or hands. His MD recommended an MRI where they found his #2, 3, and 4 vertebrae shattered. The chiropractor kept putting it off as a "pinched nerve" and was using some kind of pressure tool on his neck. He is very lucky to be alive and not paralyzed, but he is unemployed and has no medical insurance and they are wondering about seeking damages for their medical expenses and 6 months of walking around with a broken neck because he didn't immediately recommend an x-ray or seeing an MD, especially after he complained of no feeling. The initial visit was because of neck/back pain after a fall on the ice where he hit his head. Thanks for any help.

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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby Andy » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:08 am

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Does anyone have any recommendations for an attorney specializing in medical negligence cases? I have a friend who either started out with a broken neck or ended up with one after they went to their chiropractor. The chiropractor never recommended an x-ray or seeking medical advice after my friend kept commenting about not being able to feel his feet or hands. His MD recommended an MRI where they found his #2, 3, and 4 vertebrae shattered. The chiropractor kept putting it off as a "pinched nerve" and was using some kind of pressure tool on his neck. He is very lucky to be alive and not paralyzed, but he is unemployed and has no medical insurance and they are wondering about seeking damages for their medical expenses and 6 months of walking around with a broken neck because he didn't immediately recommend an x-ray or seeing an MD, especially after he complained of no feeling. The initial visit was because of neck/back pain after a fall on the ice where he hit his head. Thanks for any help.

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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby Woodwards Friend » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:09 am

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Does anyone have any recommendations for an attorney specializing in medical negligence cases? I have a friend who either started out with a broken neck or ended up with one after they went to their chiropractor. The chiropractor never recommended an x-ray or seeking medical advice after my friend kept commenting about not being able to feel his feet or hands. His MD recommended an MRI where they found his #2, 3, and 4 vertebrae shattered. The chiropractor kept putting it off as a "pinched nerve" and was using some kind of pressure tool on his neck. He is very lucky to be alive and not paralyzed, but he is unemployed and has no medical insurance and they are wondering about seeking damages for their medical expenses and 6 months of walking around with a broken neck because he didn't immediately recommend an x-ray or seeing an MD, especially after he complained of no feeling. The initial visit was because of neck/back pain after a fall on the ice where he hit his head. Thanks for any help.

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I don't know how this would be a medical negligence case. If you went to a roofer for help with a medical condition and he gave you bad advice/treatment, you would call that medical negligence would you? Why should anyone expect anything different from a chiropractor.
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Postby D-Day » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:54 pm

Woodwards Friend wrote:
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Does anyone have any recommendations for an attorney specializing in medical negligence cases? I have a friend who either started out with a broken neck or ended up with one after they went to their chiropractor. The chiropractor never recommended an x-ray or seeking medical advice after my friend kept commenting about not being able to feel his feet or hands. His MD recommended an MRI where they found his #2, 3, and 4 vertebrae shattered. The chiropractor kept putting it off as a "pinched nerve" and was using some kind of pressure tool on his neck. He is very lucky to be alive and not paralyzed, but he is unemployed and has no medical insurance and they are wondering about seeking damages for their medical expenses and 6 months of walking around with a broken neck because he didn't immediately recommend an x-ray or seeing an MD, especially after he complained of no feeling. The initial visit was because of neck/back pain after a fall on the ice where he hit his head. Thanks for any help.

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I don't know how this would be a medical negligence case. If you went to a roofer for help with a medical condition and he gave you bad advice/treatment, you would call that medical negligence would you? Why should anyone expect anything different from a chiropractor.


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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby ldodger » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:02 am

I'm not sure this is the thread where this story should be posted...

At any rate, this has nothing to do with the economy and everything to do with greed:

Monday, July 27, 2009
Financial abuse of elderly rises as economy sinks
Advocates say stronger laws needed to protect money, property
Catherine Jun / The Detroit News
Wyandotte -- Two years after Jeanette Cowie moved into an assisted living facility and gave her 30-year-old granddaughter control of her finances, the 78-year-old found her bank account nearly emptied and her rent unpaid for months.

Family members suspect the granddaughter. She was the only one with access to Cowie's money. "We trusted her. We had no reason not to," said Terri Cowie, daughter-in-law to Jeanette Cowie.

Hundreds of seniors across Michigan have similarly fallen victim to financial crimes. The number of suspected cases of financial exploitation of seniors investigated by Adult Protective Services has nearly quadrupled since 2000, totaling 1,316 in 2008, according to the Michigan Department of Human Services.

And as Michigan continues to sink into an economic chasm, senior citizens are a prime target for such abuse, social service workers say. Legal advocates say stronger protections are needed, ones that go even further than the legislative package proposed by state House Democrats last month.

"We need to get up to speed and protect the persons that are the most vulnerable victims that we have," said Tom Wenzell, principal prosecuting attorney for elder abuse in Wayne County. In Cowie's case, the granddaughter stopped answering calls and then moved, family members said. She did not return calls from The Detroit News for comment.

When people hear about financial abuse, many think of phony investment schemes or Internet scams.

But attorneys say just as common are instances of exploitation perpetrated by a loved one or friend.

Those offenses include swiping checks, stealing savings, and even defrauding seniors of their homes.

"When there's financial exploitation, the three usual suspects are -- in this order -- family, caretakers and new best friends," Wenzell said.

In 2003, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy established the county's Elder Abuse Unit to exclusively handle such cases. In 2008, the team prosecuted 133 cases.

Senior citizens, who often are in poor health or suffer from failing memory, are more vulnerable to scams, experts say, and they are the least likely to prosecute.

"There's not only the embarrassment, but there's also the shame that someone in your family did this to you," said Katy Graham, managing attorney at the Elder Law and Advocacy Center in Redford Township.

A shocking discovery
Johnny Watt, 82, added his 61-year-old daughter to his checking account to help pay bills when he found his health failing.

The retired longshoreman said he was shocked to find out she had withdrawn $240,000. When he contacted the police, he was told he would have a tough time making a criminal case since she was authorized to access the account.

"I'm a hard-working man ... and now this happened in my old age," Watt said. "All I want is my money back."

Watt's daughter did not return calls for comment.

Even in a poor economy, seniors usually have steady income -- Social Security and sometimes pension checks.

"Seniors have a set income coming in," said Cynthia Farrell, administrator of adult services at the Department of Human Services.

"Those become prime areas where you look for money."

Seeking justice often is difficult, especially when the senior signed a document agreeing to hand over power of attorney.

That soon could change.

Safeguards proposed
Among a package of bills introduced last month by Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores, is a proposal that would require those exercising power of attorney to sign a statement accepting responsibility for transactions that could be deemed unauthorized or criminal.

Another proposes establishing felony charges for obtaining a signature through fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or coercion. The House is expected to vote on the bills sometime this month.

But some observers say those amendments still fall short of what's needed.

"Elder abuse is where domestic violence was 15, 20 years ago," said Wenzell of Wayne County.

He said the law has yet to view elder abuse as a crime, rather than a family dispute.

In recent months, the Cowies have used loans to pay the balance on the rent at the senior home to prevent Jeanette Cowie, who has been diagnosed with dementia, from being evicted.

The granddaughter was removed from bank accounts, and they contacted attorneys, who told them recovering any losses would be difficult.

"The blessing for (Jeanette) is she doesn't really remember it," said Terri Cowie. "I don't think right now she even remembers her money is gone."

http://detnews.com/article/20090727/MET ... nomy-sinks

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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby Heywood McCrakin » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:09 am

I'm not sure this is the thread where this story should be posted...

At any rate, this has nothing to do with the economy and everything to do with greed:

Monday, July 27, 2009
Financial abuse of elderly rises as economy sinks
Advocates say stronger laws needed to protect money, property
Catherine Jun / The Detroit News
Wyandotte -- Two years after Jeanette Cowie moved into an assisted living facility and gave her 30-year-old granddaughter control of her finances, the 78-year-old found her bank account nearly emptied and her rent unpaid for months.

Family members suspect the granddaughter. She was the only one with access to Cowie's money. "We trusted her. We had no reason not to," said Terri Cowie, daughter-in-law to Jeanette Cowie.

Hundreds of seniors across Michigan have similarly fallen victim to financial crimes. The number of suspected cases of financial exploitation of seniors investigated by Adult Protective Services has nearly quadrupled since 2000, totaling 1,316 in 2008, according to the Michigan Department of Human Services.

And as Michigan continues to sink into an economic chasm, senior citizens are a prime target for such abuse, social service workers say. Legal advocates say stronger protections are needed, ones that go even further than the legislative package proposed by state House Democrats last month.

"We need to get up to speed and protect the persons that are the most vulnerable victims that we have," said Tom Wenzell, principal prosecuting attorney for elder abuse in Wayne County. In Cowie's case, the granddaughter stopped answering calls and then moved, family members said. She did not return calls from The Detroit News for comment.

When people hear about financial abuse, many think of phony investment schemes or Internet scams.

But attorneys say just as common are instances of exploitation perpetrated by a loved one or friend.

Those offenses include swiping checks, stealing savings, and even defrauding seniors of their homes.

"When there's financial exploitation, the three usual suspects are -- in this order -- family, caretakers and new best friends," Wenzell said.

In 2003, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy established the county's Elder Abuse Unit to exclusively handle such cases. In 2008, the team prosecuted 133 cases.

Senior citizens, who often are in poor health or suffer from failing memory, are more vulnerable to scams, experts say, and they are the least likely to prosecute.

"There's not only the embarrassment, but there's also the shame that someone in your family did this to you," said Katy Graham, managing attorney at the Elder Law and Advocacy Center in Redford Township.

A shocking discovery
Johnny Watt, 82, added his 61-year-old daughter to his checking account to help pay bills when he found his health failing.

The retired longshoreman said he was shocked to find out she had withdrawn $240,000. When he contacted the police, he was told he would have a tough time making a criminal case since she was authorized to access the account.

"I'm a hard-working man ... and now this happened in my old age," Watt said. "All I want is my money back."

Watt's daughter did not return calls for comment.

Even in a poor economy, seniors usually have steady income -- Social Security and sometimes pension checks.

"Seniors have a set income coming in," said Cynthia Farrell, administrator of adult services at the Department of Human Services.

"Those become prime areas where you look for money."

Seeking justice often is difficult, especially when the senior signed a document agreeing to hand over power of attorney.

That soon could change.

Safeguards proposed
Among a package of bills introduced last month by Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores, is a proposal that would require those exercising power of attorney to sign a statement accepting responsibility for transactions that could be deemed unauthorized or criminal.

Another proposes establishing felony charges for obtaining a signature through fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or coercion. The House is expected to vote on the bills sometime this month.

But some observers say those amendments still fall short of what's needed.

"Elder abuse is where domestic violence was 15, 20 years ago," said Wenzell of Wayne County.

He said the law has yet to view elder abuse as a crime, rather than a family dispute.

In recent months, the Cowies have used loans to pay the balance on the rent at the senior home to prevent Jeanette Cowie, who has been diagnosed with dementia, from being evicted.

The granddaughter was removed from bank accounts, and they contacted attorneys, who told them recovering any losses would be difficult.

"The blessing for (Jeanette) is she doesn't really remember it," said Terri Cowie. "I don't think right now she even remembers her money is gone."

http://detnews.com/article/20090727/MET ... nomy-sinks




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