Schuette Files Felony Racketeering and Bribery Charges Against City of Detroit Police Officer and Oakland County Woman

Contact: Joy Yearout 517-373-8060

September 26, 2013 

 

LANSING - Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced felony racketeering and bribery charges against a Detroit Police Officer and an Oakland County businesswoman for their role in an elaborate scheme to falsify police reports aimed at improving dozens of consumers' credit scores.  Schuette filed criminal charges against Officer Tamboura Jackson, 40, of Clinton Township, and Lisa Curtis, 34, of Macomb. The case originated from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)-led Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force in collaboration with the Michigan Attorney General's Public Integrity Unit.

"We will fight public corruption aggressively, wherever it is found, to restore the people's trust and protect public safety," said Schuette. "Confidence in public safety is important in the new Michigan. I'd like to thank Chief Craig for his efforts to bring accountability to the force.  We will not tolerate bribery or misconduct by our public officials."

    "I am committed to ensuring that the members of the Detroit Police Department conduct themselves in a manner that is worthy of the public's trust," said James Craig, Detroit Police Department Chief. "To that end, every allegation of police misconduct is thoroughly and impartially investigated.  I commend the collaborative investigative effort on the part of the members assigned to Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force."

    "The FBI is happy to assist Attorney General Schuette with this prosecution," said John Robert Shoup, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Division of the FBI.  "We are thankful for Chief Craig's assistance with this investigation and admire his continued commitment to preserving the integrity of the Detroit Police Department."

The charges allege that beginning in 2009, Curtis told dozens of southeast Michigan clients she could improve their credit score through her Waterford-based company, Bright Star Consulting, LLC.  In exchange for her credit improvement services, Curtis allegedly solicited a fee ranging from $200 to $1,000.  

After the alleged collection of fees from consumers, Curtis and Jackson allegedly conducted a scheme to file false police reports claiming identity theft related to certain credit card transactions. Curtis allegedly provided Jackson her clients' information, including a fake identity theft story.  Jackson then allegedly created and submitted false police reports, which were filed without the clients' knowledge or consent.  It is alleged Curtis would then pay Jackson bribes in the range of $50 to $200 for creating the false police reports. 

Curtis allegedly then sent the false police reports to Experian, a national credit reporting agency, along with a fabricated letter from her clients requesting the reported incidents of "identity theft" be removed from their credit history. The fraudulent letter worked, and several clients' credit scores allegedly improved as much as one hundred points as a result of the scam.

Jackson is also accused of using the scam to improve his own credit by creating a false police report signed by another officer, without the officer's knowledge or consent.  It is alleged Jackson accessed the Detroit Police Department's crime reporting system using the other officer's log-in information to file a false police report on his own behalf.  

Jackson is currently suspended by the Detroit Police Department without pay. 

Schuette filed the following felony charges on September 26, 2013 against Officer Tamboura Jackson and Lisa Curtis in 52-1st Division District Court in Novi:

Tamboura Jackson

  • One count of Conducting a Criminal Enterprise - Racketeering, a 20-year felony; and,

  • One count of Uttering and Publishing, a 14-year felony; and,

  • One count of Forgery, a 14-year felony; and,

  • One count of Public Officer Accepting a Bribe, a 10-year felony.

 
Lisa Curtis

  • One count of Conducting a Criminal Enterprise - Racketeering, a 20-year felony; and,

  • One count of Uttering and Publishing, a 14-year felony; and,

  • One count of Forgery, a 14-year felony; and,

  • One count of Bribery of a Public Officer, a 4-year felony.

Jackson and Curtis are expected to surrender to the proper authorities on September 26, 2013 and will be arraigned at Novi's 52-1st District Court. Judge Robert Bondy of the 52-1st District Court arraigned both Officer Tamboura Jackson and Lisa Curtis on September 26, 2013.  He set a $10,000 personal bond for each. The defendant's preliminary exam is set for October 28 at 10:00 AM at Novi's 52-1st District Court.

Upon taking office in 2011, Attorney General Schuette launched a new Public Integrity Unit (PIU) in the Attorney General's office to accelerate the combat of corruption in state and local government, protect tax dollars, and restore the public's trust in government. The unit is a member of the multi-agency Southeast Michigan Public Corruption Task Force. Since the unit's inception, Schuette has filed a total of 256 charges against 51 defendants. To date, 34 defendants have been sentenced following their convictions on a total of 110 charges.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 
                                                 Jackson mug shot.Curtis mug shot.

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