The Michigan Attorney General’s office made an announcement on Monday stating that a statewide warrant sweep resulted in the arrest of nine individuals in Lansing.
On November 16, various local law enforcement agencies, the Michigan Department of Attorney General, and the Detroit Police Department collaborated to conduct a statewide warrant sweep, as confirmed by state officials.
In a press release by Attorney General Dana Nessel, it was disclosed that nine individuals were arrested for engaging in unlicensed building activities and committing fraud against the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA).
The sweep was carried out in nine different counties including Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Mecosta, Oakland, Roscommon, Saginaw, and Wayne.
Nessel stated that there are still individuals who were targeted in the warrant sweep that have not yet been apprehended.
In a written statement, Nessel expressed her gratitude towards the numerous law enforcement agencies and officers who played a vital role in the successful sweep. She also acknowledged the special agents from her department for their contribution. The Attorney General emphasized that justice will be pursued rigorously, regardless of the location or method used by fraudsters and bad actors to harm consumers and Michigan residents.
According to officials, the local court had provided the defendants with a bond and a notice to appear.
The dates for the court hearings are yet to be determined.
Michigan residents arrested in statewide sweep:
- Michael Hill, 66, of Houghton Lake, for operating as an unlicensed residential builder
- Darrell Kendrick, 65, of Detroit, for misdemeanor fraud against the UIA
- Miroslav Matieska, 49, of Hamtramck, for operating as an unlicensed builder
- Maurice Mills, 45, of Inkster, for misdemeanor fraud against the UIA
- Robert Mills, 50, of Romulus, for operating as an unlicensed builder
- Eddie Mosely, 54, of Auburn Hills, for misdemeanor fraud against the UIA
- Patrice Nolden, 51, of Eastpointe, for misdemeanor fraud against the UIA
- Tanya Parker, 48, of Detroit, for misdemeanor fraud against the UIA
- Jimmie Turner, Jr., 69, of Berkley, for operating as an unlicensed builder
According to Nessel, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) received consumer complaints about unlicensed builders who failed to perform the work agreed upon in the contract and could not provide proof of their license. As a result, cases were initiated against these builders.
According to officials, there has been a substantial rise in instances of unlicensed builders since 2020.