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AG Nessel Charges Walled Lake Man with Embezzlement from a Vulnerable Adult
January 31, 2024
LANSING – Matthew Rule, 40, of Walled Lake, was arraigned Monday in the 65B District Court in Gratiot County on one count of Embezzlement from a Vulnerable Adult-$50,000 - $100,000, announced Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. The charge is a 15-year felony additionally punishable by a fine of not more than $15,000 or 3 times the value of the money or property involved, whichever is greater.
Rule had access to several bank accounts belonging to his mother during her stay in a residential care facility between March and October of 2021. It is alleged that Rule removed between $50,000 and $100,000 from these accounts for his own uses, including purchases at Amazon, Meijer, and many other retailers. The investigation was conducted by Special Agents with the Department of Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division after the administrator of the facility alerted the department of possible financial misconduct.
"When our elderly or vulnerable adults enter residential care, they don’t check their rights at the door,” said Nessel. “My department will remain vigilant in its work to defend the rights of seniors in Michigan, and to defend them from thefts regardless of family ties between the perpetrator and victim.”
Rule was arrested in Pennsylvania and subsequently arraigned in Gratiot County on January 29th before Magistrate Charles Perkins and given a $100,000 cash bond. He will next appear before the 65B District Court for a pre-exam conference on February 8th at 9:00 a.m.
The Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division (HCFD) handled this case for the Department. The HCFD is the federally certified Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for Michigan, and it receives 75% of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award totaling $5,541,992 for the fiscal year 2024. The remaining 25% percent, totaling $1,847,326 is funded by the State of Michigan.
###Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Department does not provide booking photos.