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Financial Crimes Division
The Child, Elder & Family Financial Crimes Division was created in 2018 and was later renamed the Financial Crimes Division. The division has two units. The White-Collar Unit has a Memorandum of Understanding with 1.) Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to prosecute unlicensed realtors, accountants, and security brokers; 2.) Department of Insurance and Financial Services to prosecute crimes by insurance agents and state-chartered credit union employees; 3.) Department of Treasury to prosecute sales tax evasion and income tax evasion; 4.) Cannabis Regulatory Agency to prosecute unlicensed and other illegal activity relating to cannabis dispensaries; 5.) Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to prosecute MSHDA fraud and false pretenses.
The White-Collar Unit also includes the Elder Financial Crimes Unit that was formed in 2018 to assist local law enforcement and to prosecute cases of elder financial exploitation over $100,000.
The Child Support Division was created in 2003 and merged with the White-Collar Unit in 2018 to form the Child, Elder & Family Financial Crimes Division to combat the problem of chronic non-payment of child support. Since its inception, the Child Support Unit has collected over $400 million in child support for over 30,000 Michigan children. The unit has issued 18,395 warrants encompassing arrearages totaling over $574 million. Michigan is a national leader in using criminal prosecution to hold chronic non-payers accountable for neglecting the needs of their children. The unit investigates and prosecutes felony non-support cases throughout the State of Michigan.
Funding for the Child Support Unit is provided, in part, by federal IV-D grant money administered in Michigan by the of the Office of Child Support of the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant monies reimburse the Department of Attorney General for 66% of all division expenses.