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  • Schuette Reminds Residents of Ways to File Consumer Complaints

    Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is reminding residents of the consumer complaint process. Complaints may be submitted three ways.

    1. Online by filling out a Online Consumer Complaint/Inquiry

    2. By mail to:

      Consumer Protection Division
      P.O. Box 30213
      Lansing, MI 48909-7713

    3. By fax: 517-241-3771

    Before submitting a complaint, remember to check the Complaint Directory to ensure your complaint is filed correctly as to avoid unnecessary delays.

    For detailed instructions on what to include when filing a complaint visit the Consumer Complaint Directory section of the website.

    If you have any questions, please call the Consumer Protection Division Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at 517-373-1140 or toll free 877-765-8388.



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Schuette Statement on New Legislation Designed to Slow Opioid Epidemic

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today released the following statement on the newly announced legislation to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic. Many of the new bills are based on recommendations made by the Michigan Opioid Drug Task Force in 2015.

“The opioid epidemic is sweeping across Michigan, with hardly a day going by that we don’t hear of an overdose or death caused by an opioid-based drug. We can’t arrest our way out of this problem. The bi-partisan package of legislation announced today is an important step in Michigan’s overall effort to curb this growing epidemic. Too many families across our state have felt the pain of a loved one battling addiction or even the tragedy of a fatal overdose. I encourage continued discussion and action on how to stop the flow of dangerous opioid drugs and protect Michigan families from yet another tragedy.”

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Human Trafficking Investigation Results in Eight Felony Charges Against Lansing Woman

March 23, 2017

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that he has charged Amber Speed, 40, of Lansing, with multiple felonies, including Minor Sex Trafficking, Pandering, Accepting the Earning of a Prostitute and Debt Bondage.

The case stems from an investigation by a Michigan State Police Trooper, who after attending human trafficking training, came across a case of alleged human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is a crime that can be stopped by increasing awareness of the signs,” said Schuette. “One of the goals of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission is to increase awareness, and thankfully, Michigan State Troopers recognized the signs of trafficking after completing a comprehensive training about how to identify the crime. The signs are out there, and thankfully the Troopers were able to act in this case of suspected trafficking.”

“Human trafficking happens in Michigan and we should all be aware of the signs that might save someone’s life,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police.  “Providing training to our troopers on how to recognize human trafficking was one important step in fighting this increasing crime.”

Charges

The Defendant is charged with the following:

  • Three counts of Minor Sex Trafficking (Felony – 20 years)
  • Three counts of Prostitution/Pandering (Felony – 20 years)
  • One count of Prostitution/Accepting Earnings (Felony – 20 years)
  • One count of Debt Bondage (Felony – 20 years)

Speed was arraigned late in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 before Judge Louise Alderson in 54-A District Court in Lansing.  Bond is set at $100,000 cash/surety. Her next court date is set for March 30, 2017.

Case Background

Speed was allegedly conducting an “escort” operation, posting advertisements for commercial sex for herself and at least three other girls and young women online. The alleged victims were minors when they were brought into the human trafficking ring. Multiple instances of Speed allegedly trafficking minors is alleged to have occurred from 2009 through approximately 2014.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Protecting Victims, Stopping Trafficking in Michigan

Created by reallocating resources in the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, Schuette’s Human Trafficking Unit has placed an increased focus on combating human trafficking in Michigan, a priority Schuette identified upon taking office. The unit works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to uncover and prosecute cases of modern-day slavery involving both children and adults. Thanks to training provided by this effort, the Michigan State Police trooper could competently identify this instance of sex trafficking.

For more information, please visit the Attorney General’s human trafficking webpage.

Mug shot of Speed

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Schuette: Macomb County Man Facing Trial on Human Trafficking Charges

March 23, 2017

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that Tremaine Woodall 19, of Warren, was bound over for trial on Wednesday, March 22, four felony charges related to his operation of a human trafficking operation.

Woodall is charged with two felony count of Minor Sex Trafficking and two felony count of pandering. All are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

“For years, human trafficking was viewed as a crime that happens ‘somewhere else.’ But as hard as it is to stomach, human trafficking happens in Michigan every single day,” said Schuette. “I want to applaud my human trafficking division for their unending dedication to finding justice for the victims of these horrific crimes.”

Woodall was arraigned in January on the charges. He is currently in Macomb County jail. He was bound over for trial on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Judge Michael Chupa in the 37th District Court in Macomb County. His next court date is set for April 3, 2017 in Macomb Circuit Court.

Case Background

Charges were filed against Woodall after the Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes (SEMTEC) task force received a tip about an alleged minor being prostituted out of a Macomb County hotel on January 18, 2017. An investigation by SEMTEC immediately ensued.

The tip resulted in the arrest of Woodall who was with an alleged 17 year-old human trafficking victim at the hotel when found by SEMTEC. Agents also found a backpage post from January 18, 2017 which allegedly featured the victim. It is alleged that Woodall took the photos for and made the posting on the site. Agents also identified the second alleged victim during their investigation.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Protecting Victims, Stopping Trafficking in Michigan

Created by reallocating resources in the Attorney General's Criminal Division, Schuette's Human Trafficking Unit has placed an increased focus on combating human trafficking in Michigan, a priority Schuette identified upon taking office. The unit works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to uncover and prosecute cases of modern-day slavery involving both children and adults.

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Schuette Releases 2016 Human Trafficking Commission Report, Praises House for Passage of Commission-Recommended Human Trafficking Legislation

March 22, 2017

LANSING – The 2016 Michigan Human Trafficking Commission Report landed on the desks of Michigan lawmakers today, just as legislation recommended by the Commission unanimously passed the Michigan House.

The report highlights the work completed and the ongoing work by the Commission, including:

  • State-wide Human Trafficking Conference (September 2016)

  • Working with medical societies to develop a comprehensive training video for health care professionals to use to identify human trafficking victims

  • Reviewing state law and policies to make legislative recommendations

Schuette also thanked State Representative Bronna Kahle for her introduction of House Bill 4219, legislation recommended by the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission. If passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor, victims of human trafficking would have the ability to have a prostitution-related offense that they were forced to commit removed from their criminal record, even if the individual had a prior conviction for such an offense.

“Victims of human trafficking deserve a fresh start after the terrifying ordeal they have gone through,” said Schuette. “Being forced into prostitution through fraud or coercion is traumatic, and piecing together a life afterward can be complicated by past criminal charges. My hope is that this legislation becomes law and helps a victim set their record straight, and allows them to secure a job or continue their education.”

The next meeting of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission is scheduled for May 3, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the G. Mennen Williams Building in Lansing.

Protecting Victims, Stopping Trafficking in Michigan

Created by reallocating resources in the Attorney General's Criminal Division, Schuette's Human Trafficking Unit has placed an increased focus on combating human trafficking in Michigan, a priority Schuette identified upon taking office. The unit works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to uncover and prosecute cases of modern-day slavery involving both children and adults.

Recent Human Trafficking Convictions in Michigan

On March 9, 2017, Jonathon Colon, of Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty to one count of Human Trafficking, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 30, 2017.

In April of 2016, Jahan Satati Green, 38, of Inkster, was sentenced to 20-40 years in prison following his conviction on five felonies for running a prostitution ring across Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties. He was arrested by Schuette’s Human Trafficking Unit in June 2015 after an extensive investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security.

For more information, please visit the Attorney General’s human trafficking webpage.

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Schuette Thanks Senator Judy Emmons for Support of Continued OK2SAY Funding

March 22, 2017

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today thanked Michigan State Senator Judy Emmons for her legislation to continue funding Michigan’s school safety initiative, OK2SAY.

“I greatly appreciate Senator Emmons and the bill she introduced today; she is taking a big step to help Michigan students feel safe in the classroom and the hallways. Across Michigan, students are submitting tips to OK2SAY by texting, calling or using the OK2SAY app to report when they feel unsafe, or when they see a friend or classmate being bullied or in trouble. With continued funding, Michigan kids will continue to have a place to turn for help.”

OK2SAY: Helping Michigan Kids Stay Safe

OK2SAY is the student safety program that allows students to confidentially report tips to trained technicians on potential harm or criminal activities directed at school students, school employees, or schools. A partnership between the Department of Attorney General and Michigan State Police, OK2SAY empowers students to break the code of silence, step up, speak out, and get help before a situation turns into a tragedy.

In 2016, OK2SAY received 3,359 tips — up nearly 55% from 2015. Tips were received in 29 of 30 tip categories including:

  • 800 tips on bullying;
  • 569 tips on suicide threats;
  • 480 tips in the other category, which covers a multitude of tips from depression to discrimination;
  • 307 tips on self-harm; and
  • 279 tips on cyberbullying.

OK2SAY has already received almost 700 tips in the first two months of 2017. Technicians received 275 tips in January and 416 tips in February. For more information about the program, please visit the OK2SAY website.

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