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Accomplice in Scheme to Defraud VA and Michigan Treasury Pleads No Contest

LANSING – A Wyandotte man entered a plea of no contest to two counts of Receiving Stolen Property in the amount of $1,000-$20,000 on January 18, 2023 after being charged in connection with the theft of monies from the Michigan Department of Treasury Unclaimed Property Division and the U.S. Veterans Administration, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.

Stephen Decker, 34, knowingly spent money his mother, Sophia Quill, allegedly stole from the state and the Veterans Administration. Decker entered his plea in the Wayne County Circuit Court before Judge William Giovan.

Decker received proceeds from the scheme and allegedly used some of the money to conceal property used to conduct the fraud. He has agreed to a restitution order of $28,506, which corresponds to the amount of the stolen funds that he spent. 

“Defrauding public agencies, veterans, and their families will not be tolerated,” Nessel said. “This plea not only holds a guilty party accountable but will also help the essential veteran resource departments recoup some of the funds that were taken.” 

Quill and her co-defendant, Melissa Flores, allegedly stole over $430,000 from the Veterans Administration and over $40,000 from the Michigan Department of Treasury Unclaimed Property Division by creating and submitting fraudulent estate documents, probate records, death certificates, and other vital records to those agencies in claims for VA benefits and to take ownership of Unclaimed Property. 

In 2020, the Department of Attorney General charged Quill with Conducting a Criminal Enterprise and eight counts of False Pretenses as a Fourth Habitual Offender, which means she is facing a maximum term of life imprisonment if convicted on any of the charges. Quill is currently residing in Florida, but the State intends to request extradition.

In June of 2022, Flores was sentenced to two years in prison and was ordered to pay $110,000 restitution for her role in the scam. She has agreed to testify against Quill.

Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation, and Defendant Quill is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Department does not provide booking photos.

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