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  • Schuette Encourages Michigan Residents to Register for Consumer Education Programs

    The Department of Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division offers a variety of seminars focused on keeping Michigan consumers safe and up-to-date on the tricks criminals are using to steal from consumers.

    Programs on the following topics are available: Investment Fraud, Identity Theft, Online Safety, Home Repair and Improvement, Phone, Mail and e-Scams and In-Home Care and Senior Residences. The details of each event as well as an event calendar are listed on the Department of Attorney General website. All events are free and open to the public. To attend residents are asked to contact the venue to RSVP prior to the seminar. You can also request a Consumer Protection Education Presentation in your community by submitting an online request form.

    To register your site for a presentation please complete the online registration form.


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St. Ignace Man Found Guilty in Drunk Driving Accident that Killed 17-Year-Old High School Senior

LANSING ­– Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that Darrel Lovegrove, of St. Ignace, was found guilty by a jury of Operating Under The Influence of Intoxicating Liquor (OUIL) Causing Death and Involuntary Manslaughter as a result of his causing the 2015 death of 17-year-old Mitchell Snyder of St. Ignace.

“My hope is that this verdict provides some justice and sense of closure for Mitchell’s family,” said Schuette. “This case should serve as a sobering reminder of how serious of an offense drunk driving is and how permanent the outcome of one bad choice can be. A 17-year-old young man had his life cut tragically short due to someone else’s poor judgement.”

Lovegrove, 41, was found guilty Thursday, October 21, 2016 in front of the Honorable Roy C. Hayes, III of the 33rd Circuit Court in Charlevoix, after just a few hours of jury deliberation. The trial took place in the 33rd Circuit Court in Charlevoix after a change of venue was requested.

Lovegrove is scheduled to be sentenced on November 11, at 9 a.m. in the 33rd Circuit Court before the Honorable Roy C. Hayes III. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Case Background

Lovegrove hit Snyder, a standout athlete, head-on after crossing the center lane on Mackinac Trail Rd. in St. Ignace. The 17-year-old, who was on his way home from the homecoming dance after helping his team win their football game earlier in the evening, died at the scene.

Lovegrove received only minor injuries in the crash and was charged in the 17-year-old's death shortly after.


Schuette Initiates Pension Forfeiture Action Against Ex-Detroit Principals, Superintendent Convicted of Accepting Bribes

LANSING  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today initiated civil forfeiture actions to confiscate the pensions of the 12 ex-Detroit Public School officials convicted of accepting federal program bribery in a $2.7-million kickback scheme that resulted in charges against former Detroit Public Schools vendor Norman Shy and 13 district officials. 

Schuette’s action seeks the forfeiture of all State of Michigan or Detroit Public Schools contributions from the time the bribery began until the time of their termination or retirement. 

“An educator’s first responsibility is to the children of the school, and the individuals that accepted bribes violated that trust and responsibility,” said Schuette. “Actions have consequences, and they should not reap rewards for criminal behavior.” 

Defendants Clara Flowers, Beverly Campbell, Stanley Johnson, Nina Graves-Hicks, Gerlma Johnson, James Hearn, Tanya Bowman, Ronald Alexander, Tia‘Von Moore-Patton, Ronnie Tims, Clara Smith and Willye Pearsall are members or retirees of the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System (MPSERS) whose pensions have received contributions from the State of Michigan or Detroit Public Schools.   

Michigan law provides for the forfeiture of public employee retirement benefits paid by the State into the retirement fund if a member or retiree is convicted of or enters a guilty plea to a felony that is related to their service as a public employee. The confiscated funds cannot be used to pay restitution.


Schuette Statement on Retirement of Chief Deputy Attorney General Carol Isaacs

LANSING –  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced the retirement of Chief Deputy Attorney General Carol Isaacs, effective December 31, 2016. Isaacs has served as the Chief Deputy Attorney General since Schuette was elected in in 2010. Previously, she served as Chief Deputy Attorney General for Attorney General Mike Cox, an advisor and counsel to the Michigan Senate and in the Executive branch as advisor to Governor Engler and Senior Deputy of Legal Affairs and Policy Development for the Michigan Department of Community Health. Isaacs is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

“Carol's keen understanding of state government and the intricacies of the Michigan Legislature made her the ideal choice as Chief Deputy Attorney General during my service as Attorney General. Each and every day Carol Isaacs has been "On Duty" for the citizens of Michigan. Carol has been a tireless worker and a consummate professional as Chief Deputy Attorney General. Carol's husband Fred and her children and grandchildren will be the beneficiaries of her new journey. She is a dear friend.  Both Cynthia and I will miss her very much. I am certain that everyone in the Department of Attorney General will miss her and her leadership as well.”


Schuette, Spaniola Get Conviction of Sean Phillips in 'Baby Kate' Case

LANSING - Attorney General Bill Schuette and Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola today announced that a Mason County jury has convicted Sean Phillips, 25, of Scottville, father of Katherine Phillips, the Mason County infant missing and known as "Baby Kate," of second-degree murder. A second-degree murder conviction could carry a sentence of life or any term of years in prison.

This conviction follows a joint prosecution and multi-jurisdictional investigation by local, state and federal authorities. 

"Today’s conviction is a measure of justice for a child who will never grow up and a family that has been ripped apart by her murder," said Schuette.

Schuette and Spaniola filed one murder charge against Sean Phillips in Ludington's 79th District Court on October 4, 2013. The charge alleged that Sean Phillips murdered his daughter, Katherine 'Kate' Phillips on June 29, 2011.  By definition, an Open Murder charge allows jurors to determine the level of the defendant's culpability.

"I'd like to thank Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola, Chief Mark Barnett, Sheriff Kim Cole, the Michigan State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for providing their assistance in this trial and prior investigation," said Schuette.

Since August 2012, Attorney General Schuette's Appellate Division has represented Mason County in opposing Sean Phillips' appeal of his April 2012 conviction for the unlawful imprisonment of his daughter, Katherine Phillips.  Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola secured the conviction, resulting in a 10-15 year prison sentence for Phillips.  Phillips later appealed.

Mason County is one of the 56 Michigan counties the Department of Attorney General represents by defending criminal convictions before the Michigan Court of Appeals.


Schuette Urges Michigan Residents to Take a Stand During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

LANSING ­ – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today recognized National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and asked Michigan to “take a stand” against the issue with him.

“Domestic Violence can often be a crime of silence. Victims can be scared to report their romantic partner or believe that it was a one time incident,” said Schuette. “As a husband and father it is heartbreaking to think of this occurring every day in our state. I am committed to taking a stand and raising awareness about signs of domestic violence and the resources to help those who don’t know how to get out of the harmful cycle of domestic violence.”

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has issued a call to action asking people to take a stand against the horrific crime of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence in Michigan

Physical violence, sexual violence, threats and emotional abuse are all types of domestic violence. NCADV statistics on Domestic Violence in Michigan include:

  • One a single day in 2014, domestic violence programs in Michigan provided services to 2,492 domestic violence victims and survivors.
  • In 2009, over 100,000 incidents of domestic violence were reported to police across the state. This does not include the many cases of domestic violence that went unreported.
  • Over half of domestic violence homicides in Michigan are committed using guns.

Who Do I Call To Report Suspected Domestic Violence?

If you are a victim or know someone who is a victim of domestic violence, help is available.  Call your local police, Statewide Domestic Violence Linkline at 1-800-897-LINK, the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.

Michigan Domestic Violence Programs has a website that allows victims of Domestic Violence to find services in their area as quickly and safely as possible.  The website allows someone to easily find services based on county or region.