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Detroit Woman Bound Over to Stand Trial, Charged with Acting as Unlicensed CPA and Unlicensed Real Estate Agent

LANSING – Today, Krystal Davis, 37, of Detroit, was bound over to the 3rd Circuit Court in Wayne County to stand trial on charges of operating as an unlicensed accountant and an unlicensed real estate agent, announced Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Davis was charged in January with one count of Accounting Violations-Unlicensed CPA and two counts of Occupational Code-Unlicensed Real Estate Agent. Unlicensed CPA is a 5-year felony, and each Unlicensed Real Estate Agent offense is a 90-day misdemeanor. Today’s preliminary exam took place in the 36th District Court in Detroit.

Davis, who operated using the business of Card Property Management, LLC, is alleged to have entered into a contract with the owner of two residential properties in Detroit to provide property management services, including determining rental rates, marketing the properties, selecting tenants, collecting rent, and handling evictions.  Davis was not licensed in the state as a real estate broker or real estate salesperson, as would be required by law to furnish such services. Card Property Management, LLC, a limited liability company, was the assumed name of Card Enterprises, LLC, which is similarly not licensed to provide real estate services.  

The Department also alleges that Davis told another person that she was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the context of electronic communication soliciting business from that person to prepare their taxes. Davis was not licensed in Michigan as a CPA.   

“When Michigan residents seek assistance with their business and financial affairs, they must be able to trust the representations professionals make about their qualifications," said Nessel when announcing the charges last month. “My office will investigate and prosecute those who take advantage of their clients’ trust by offering services that require licenses they don’t hold. These licenses matter, as they often require tests of ability and teach licensees best practices in serving and protecting their clients’ interests.”   

Davis will next appear before the 3rd Circuit Court for circuit court arraignment at 9:00 a.m. on March 14th.


Please note:  A criminal charge is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Department of Attorney General does not provide booking photos.

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