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Former St. Joseph Man Sentenced To More Than 7 Years In Prison For Philippine Gold Scam And Failure To File Tax Returns

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Freeman Carl “Buck” Reed, 45, formerly of St. Joseph, Michigan, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for failing to file income tax returns and committing a fraud scheme involving gold bars he told investors were buried in the Philippines. He was ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution to the fraud victims, and more than $500,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. The Honorable Janet T. Neff, U.S. District Judge, imposed the sentence.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles, Jr. said, “Reed’s failure to file tax returns or pay any taxes — particularly in light of his extravagant lifestyle — was an insult to decent, tax-paying citizens everywhere. The fraud he perpetrated was deplorable abuse of trust. This office will continue to vigorously prosecute those involved in these kinds of crimes.”

Reed was convicted of failure to file tax returns following a jury trial in February 2014. At trial, the jury heard evidence that Reed had not filed any tax returns — or paid any taxes — for almost 10 years, despite making more than $1 million in just a three year period and living an extravagant lifestyle that included five luxury vehicles and an expensive house.

Shortly after the tax trial, Reed pled guilty to the Philippine gold fraud. He admitted that, after his direct-marketing business failed, he engaged in a scheme to defraud investors by soliciting money from investors to recover “Yamashita’s gold,” a legendary gold hoard supposedly left behind by Japanese soldiers when they were defeated by the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. Desperate for money, Reed told investors that he and a co-conspirator had located the gold and would use their money to finance the gold extraction costs. He told other investors that he had access to “gold certificates” supposedly worth millions of dollars. Reed was able to obtain $1.3 million in connection with the two schemes. Instead of using the investors’ money as promised, Reed admitted that he spent it on himself so that he could maintain his façade of wealth.

“Mr. Reed was not selling an investment; instead, he developed an elaborate hoax meant to enrich himself. The prosecution and sentencing of Mr. Reed, who diverted investor’s funds for his benefit and then intentionally failed to file income tax returns, is a fundamental element in maintaining public confidence in our tax system,” said IRS Acting Special Agent in Charge Jarod Koopman.

“For nearly a decade, Mr. Reed failed to file tax returns and defrauded investors of well over $1 million, all while lining his own packets and living an extravagant lifestyle”, stated Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office. “The prosecution of Mr. Reed holds him accountable for his years of criminal conduct, and the FBI will continue to partner with the IRS to bring to justice those who commit these brazen financial crimes.” The case was investigated by the FBI and IRS and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Clay Stiffler, Michael MacDonald, and Matthew Borgula.

Casperson on hand at fair to honor the inclusion of the word “Yooper” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, (center-right) is flanked by Gov. Rick Snyder and Steve Parks, Delta County prosecutor, (right) whose 11 year effort got the word “Yooper” included in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which defined the term as “a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan —used as a nickname.” Emily Brewster, the associate editor of Merriam-Webster, (left) was on hand for the presentation, and got an opportunity afterwards to travel to see some of the iconic treasurers that make the Upper Peninsula someplace truly special.

Casperson on hand at Escanaba State Fair to honor the inclusion of the word “Yooper” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Casperson on hand at Escanaba State Fair to honor the inclusion of the word “Yooper” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Michigan Recovery Among Tops In Nation, State Heading For Expanded Economic Growth, According To Annual Survey

Detroit, Grand Rapids also among top export growth leaders

LANSING, MI – An expansive survey of economic activity across the U.S. offers an endorsement of the strength of the Michigan recovery and a boost for the promising prospects for the state’s continual business growth.

Results of the Business Facilities annual report rank Michigan among the top states in employment recovery since the end of the Great Recession, automotive jobs and automotive manufacturing strength. Further, the report lists Detroit and Grand Rapids as among the top regions in the country for economic growth.

The rankings are published in Business Facilities’ August issue. To read the report, please visit: http://businessfacilities.com/2014-business-facilities-rankings-report/ and/or http://businessfacilities.com/2014-business-facilities-rankings-report-metro-global/

“The state’s economic policies have had a dramatic and measurable impact in growing and attracting businesses,” said Michael Finney, CEO and President of Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, talent and jobs, tourism and overall economic growth. “The evidence in the Business Facilities report is verifiable and compelling. It’s nice to see others around the country taking note of our progress.”

Business Facilities’ annual examination of the nation’s economic leaders among locales, states and regions is often among the many considerations by corporations in appraisals of places to grow and locate a business. The publication’s 10th annual Rankings Report assesses the “rapidly evolving economic development landscape” and places emphasis on verifiable performance.

There are many reasons for Michigan’s economic turnaround, said Finney. He cited the reinvention and financial success of the automotive industry in Michigan, replacing a convoluted business tax with a streamlined corporate income tax, becoming a right-to-work state and creating a world-class business-friendly environment, from offering performance-based incentives to businesses and attracting foreign investment to eliminating more than 1,500 burdensome regulations.

Employment recovery leader

Michigan ranks second behind South Carolina as “employment recovery leaders” in the survey. Most economists cite June 2009 as the end of the Great Recession.

Since December 2010, Michigan has created 295,500 private sector jobs, led by new jobs in manufacturing and professional and business services, according to Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. Michigan leads the nation with 120,000 new manufacturing jobs since 2009.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in Michigan has plummeted from a five year high of 14.2 percent to the current 7.7 percent. The 6.5 drop in percentage points is more than any other state. Michigan’s unemployment rate in June of 2009 stood at 7.2 percent.

Auto jobs leader; top state for manufacturing strength

The survey notes Michigan is the number one state for automotive jobs and continues to “rule the roost as supply chain job leader” with 500,000 auto-related jobs, which represents 22 percent of the U.S. auto industry workforce.

According to the Business Facilities, Michigan ranks sixth in automotive manufacturing strength. Originally a category in the survey that reflected a state-by-state vehicle production scorecard, in recent years it has broadened to consider growth potential, industry trends and commitments by major automakers.

“The rankings are a snapshot, and there are many reasons to believe Michigan is heading to the top spot,” said Nigel Francis, senior vice president of Michigan Automotive Office, established last fall to serve as a catalyst for attracting auto-related companies and developing the state’s automotive industry, which includes 63 of the top 100 North American auto suppliers, and 375 research-and-development centers, representing three-quarters of all U.S. automotive R&D spending.

From 2009-2013, auto suppliers and automakers have invested heavily in Michigan. In that four-year period, auto suppliers spent $5 billion, while automakers have committed about $14 billion, according to the Center for Automotive Research.

“The presence of major automakers, suppliers and ground-breaking research positions Michigan to be the top U.S. automotive state, and the global capital of the auto industry,” said Francis.

Business Facilities ranks the U.S. second to China in the category of Global Automotive Production Leaders.

Detroit’s renewal; Grand Rapids among export growth leaders

Detroit is listed as the 10th best metro region for economic growth potential, according to the Business Facilities Metro Rankings. The criteria for the ranking, however, isn’t readily apparent other than the “crucial role exports are playing in the Recovery.”

Detroit is listed eighth among Exports Recovery Leaders, and fourth in Exports Growth Leaders; the Grand Rapids metro region ranks ninth.

Beyond the growth in exports from metro Detroit, the region – especially downtown Detroit – has been mentioned for its leading-edge entrepreneurial activity. In June, Detroit was cited as one of several key U.S. cities cultivating “urban innovation districts” in a white paper report by the Brookings Institution, an independent Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

The Brookings report, according to MEDC’s Finney, confirms the positive impact of ongoing efforts by the state of Michigan to assist in the development of the Detroit economy through support of a confluence of start-ups, business incubators, mass transit and university-based research that targets the commercial market.

Grand Opening Of Marquette Democratic Campaign Headquarters

MARQUETTE – August 17, 2014 – Marquette  County Democrats will hold a Grand Opening celebration on Sunday, August 17th at it’s campaign headquarters located at 1021 W. Washington Street, Marquette, from 5:00pm until 6:30pm. Included in the ceremony will be remarks from special guests Jerry Cannon,

Democratic candidate for Congress and Lisa Brown, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant-Governor. “We are very excited about our candidates and headquarters and hope the public will take this opportunity to meet Lisa Brown and Jerry Cannon,” said Ben Bohnsack, local party Chair. The public and press are all invited to come and meet these and other local Democratic candidates. Refreshments will be provided.

National Rifle Association’s Freedom Action Foundation Presents Chuck Norris’ Top Ten Reasons to Register to Vote

Second Ad of Trigger the Vote Campaign Features the Effort’s Honorary Chairman

Fairfax, Va. – Tuesday, the National Rifle Association’s Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF) released the second video of its 2014 “Trigger the Vote” voter registration campaign, featuring the effort’s honorary chairman Chuck Norris. The video can be viewed here.

The video addresses a cause close to Chuck Norris’s heart — protecting our Second Amendment rights — and counts down his top ten reasons to register to vote in both humorous and serious tones. The individual reasons have been broken down into fifteen-second ads and will run online as part of a 7-digit paid media buy by NRA-FAF.

The first ad of the 2014 campaign, “Father and Son,” has already been viewed by nearly 700,000 people online and has been running on nationwide television since July 23. That ad can be viewed on the official Trigger the Vote website: www.triggerthevote.com.

To learn more about Trigger the Vote and how you can be a part of it, please visit www.TriggerTheVote.org .

Snyder Media Advisory for Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014

Sunday, Aug. 17th 10:00 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will present the trophy to the winner of the Pure Michigan 400. He will be joined by MEDC President Mike Finney as well as Olympic gold medalists Charlie White, and Meryl Davis.

Media planning to attend need to present valid press credentials and have registered with Michigan International Speedway prior to the event. For media who do not have credentials please contact Brad Kuhbander from Michigan International speedway at bkuhbander@mispeedway.com for more information.

Citizen-led measure to help manage Michigan wildlife passes Senate

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Tom Casperson announced that citizen-initiated legislation that ensures that Michigan’s fish and wildlife are managed using sound science passed the Senate Wednesday.

The Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act (SFWCA) was initiated by the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, a group of statewide hunting, fishing, and trapping organizations, with tremendous support from Upper Peninsula sportsmen. The groups joined together and gathered more than 374,000 signatures in support of the initiative to ensure that sound management is achieved while protecting hunting and fishing rights from attacks by anti-hunting organizations.

“Management of wildlife is an issue that constituents routinely raise as one of great concern for economic, recreational and social reasons,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “In 1996, the voters wisely decided that they wanted the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to regulate the taking of game based on science. And, from what I continue to hear, especially lately, the belief that we need to manage game scientifically is even more strongly held today.”

The Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act aims to maintain and build upon that objective while ensuring that management by hunting and fishing is preserved for the future. The act would also allow for free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for active members of the military and provide appropriations for aquatic invasive species prevention, control and eradication efforts such as for the Asian Carp.

“The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance (UPSA) with its 26,000 members strongly supports efforts of the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management to advance the SFWCA,” said Tony Demboski, UPSA President. “We believe that professional biologists should be relied on to advise the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and NRC members and that our active duty military members be allowed to hunt and fish free of charge. The UPSA is grateful to the many volunteers and the people in the UP who joined together and made the petition drive a success. It is indicative of the knowledge and respect they have for resource management.”

“Through their tremendous grass roots efforts, the sportsmen of this state should be commended for bringing this initiative to the Legislature to help stop the anti-hunting groups from using their multi-millions gained through deceitful television ads to mislead Michigan residents into approving their anti-hunting agendas,” said Casperson.

Passage of this measure by the Senate now means the citizen-led initiative only needs approval from the House of Representatives for the initiative to become law. Such action is anticipated by the end of the month.

Business Expansions, Community Development Project Win State Approval

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of two business expansions and a community development project that are expected to generate nearly $20 million in investments and add up to 364 new jobs in Michigan.

“The commitment of these companies to grow and create jobs here demonstrates the significance of our greatly improved business climate and infrastructure,” said MEDC president and CEO Michael A. Finney. “Today’s projects, representing a variety of industries, mean more jobs and greater economic opportunities for Michigan residents.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved incentives for the following projects:

Anchor Coupling, Inc., established in 1938 in the Chicago area, moved its corporate offices to Menominee in 1978 and has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. since 1993. The company is a manufacturer of high and medium pressure hydraulic hose and coupling assemblies for large and small original equipment manufacturers including Caterpillar. The company plans to purchase a building adjacent to its existing facility in the City of Menominee, investing more than $9 million and adding up to 120 new jobs.

Earlier today at a celebration at Anchor Coupling’s Menominee facility, Gov. Rick Snyder announced that the Michigan Strategic Fund has awarded the company a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen for the expansion over other sites in the U.S. and Mexico. Individuals interested in career opportunities with Anchor Coupling should visit www.caterpillar.com/careers.

Duffey Petrosky & Company, founded in 1997 in Farmington Hills, is an advertising and strategic marketing agency serving client organizations in the automotive, IT, healthcare and finance sectors. The company plans to renovate its existing facility in the City of Farmington Hills, investing up to $912,708 and creating 204 jobs. As a result, the company has been awarded a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The City of Farmington Hills is offering support to the project in the form of expanded parking space at the facility. Individuals interested in career opportunities with Duffey Petrosky should send an email jobs@dp-company.com.

The Michigan Business Development Program provides grants, loans and other economic assistance to qualified businesses that make investments or create jobs in Michigan, with preference given to businesses that need additional assistance for deal-closing and for second stage gap financing.

The MSF considers a number of factors in making these awards, including: out-of-state competition, private investment in the project, business diversification opportunities, near-term job creation, wage and benefit levels of the new jobs, and net-positive return to the state. Business retention and retail projects are not eligible for consideration of these incentives.

The Michigan Strategic Fund also awarded $550,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to the Village of Cassopolis. The funds will be used for job training for the Postle Operating, LLC expansion project in Cassopolis. Postle Operating, a producer of extruded aluminum products for recreational vehicles, is investing nearly $10 million in the project, which will expand the company’s production capabilities and create up to 40 new full-time jobs over the next two years. The company has agreed that at least 21 of the jobs will be held by low to moderate income persons. The Village of Cassopolis will provide support to the project by waiving utility connection fees estimated at $10,395. In June 2013, Postle Operating received a $400,000 CDBG on-the-job training grant, and the company has been meeting its compliance obligations as well as the job creation milestones for that grant.

The MSF, in cooperation with MEDC, administers the economic and community development portions of the Community Development Block Grant program. CDBG is a federal grant program utilizing funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development.

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 81,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

Governor Synder Makes Appointments

Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to Early Childhood Investment Corp.

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Hiram Fitzgerald, of DeWitt, and Guadalupe Lara, of Allen Park, and the reappointment of Susan Broman, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corp.

The 18-member committee is the state’s expert group for information on and investment in early childhood programs, helping to ensure that children enter kindergarten safe, healthy, and eager to learn.

“Early childhood programs are the foundation for long-term educational success,” said Snyder. “This is a talented group of appointees and I am confident they will do great in support of Michigan’s children.”

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring July 22, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Snyder makes reappointment to State Building Authority board

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointment of Patrick Devlin, of Livonia, to the State Building Authority board of trustees.

The five-person board oversees the State Building Authority, which issues and sells bonds and notes to acquire equipment and construct facilities.

“Patrick is an experienced and dedicated professional, and I am confident he will continue to effectively serve this board,” said Snyder.

Devlin will serve a four-year term expiring Aug. 21, 2018. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.


Snyder makes appointment, reappointment to Manufactured Housing Commission

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Thomas Lutz, of White Lake Township, and the reappointment of Creighton Weber, of Bloomfield Hills, to the Michigan Manufactured Housing Commission.

The commission establishes uniform policies related to all phases of manufactured housing, business manufactured housing parks and seasonal manufactured housing parks.

“Thomas and Creighton are great choices for this commission and I am confident they will do good work,” Snyder said.

Appointments to the Manufactured Housing Commission are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.


Snyder makes appointment to Michigan Humanities Council

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Miranda Krajniak, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Humanities Council.

The council fosters quality cultural programs, bringing together humanities scholars and the public for fundraising and community engagement.

“Miranda has an impressive background and she will be an asset to the council,” Snyder said.

Krajniak will serve the remainder of a three-year term to expire Dec. 31, 2015. Her appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.


Snyder makes appointment to Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund Commission

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Mary Johnson, of Okemos, to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund Commission.

The seven-member commission oversees the financing, design and construction of Michigan’s future Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

“I appreciate Mary’s willingness to serve on this commission and I look forward to her contributions,” Snyder said.

Johnson will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring June 30, 2016. Her appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.


Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to Board of Barber Examiners

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Jordan Dutcher, of Harbor Springs, and Phillip Smith III, of Michigan Center, and the reappointments of Marlene Grover, of Fowlerville, and Robert Morey, of Fenton, to the Michigan Board of Barber Examiners.

The nine-member board is housed in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and regulates the services of barbers, barber students, barber colleges, barber instructors, student instructors, and barbershops in Michigan.

“Together these professionals have decades of experience in the industry and I appreciate their willingness to serve on this board,” Snyder said.

With the exception of Smith, appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Sept.30, 2018. Smith will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Sept. 30, 2017. Appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Snyder Media Advisory for Thursday, Aug. 14

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Contact: Sara Wurfel or Dave Murray
Office: 517-335-6397

Thursday, Aug. 14 at 8 a.m. CDT
Gov. Rick Snyder will tour the Hannahville Indian Community and participate in a roundtable with tribal leaders and local business representatives.

Hannahville Indian Community – Conference Center, Wolf Room
N15100 Eagle Rd.
Wilson, MI

Thursday, Aug. 14 at 10:15 a.m. EDT
Snyder will tour the U.P. State Fair dairy barns and midway. He will be joined by state Rep. Ed McBroom, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams and Michigan Farm Bureau President Wayne Wood.

U.P. State Fairgrounds
2401 12th Ave. N.
Escanaba, MI

Thursday, Aug. 14 at 11 a.m. EDT
Snyder will offer remarks and present an award to 2014 U.P. Veteran of the Year, Sgt. James Edberg.

U.P. State Fairgrounds – near flagpole
2401 12th Ave. N.
Escanaba, MI

Thursday, Aug. 14 at 11:35 p.m. EDT
Snyder will present a tribute to Merriam-Webster editor Emily Brewster to celebrate the addition of “Yooper” to the dictionary. They will be joined by state Sen. Tom Casperson.

U.P. State Fairgrounds – near Building 10, Marquette County Section
2401 12th Ave. N.
Escanaba, MI

Thursday, Aug. 14 at noon EDT
Snyder will offer remarks at the annual U.P. State Fair Governor’s Luncheon.

U.P. State Fairgrounds – Activities Tent
2401 12th Ave. N.
Escanaba, MI

Thursday, Aug. 14 at 3:15 EDT
Snyder will offer remarks at the ribbon-cutting for the NewPage Paper Mill Precipitated Calcium Carbonate Plant. NewPage Paper Mill specializes in the production of recycled paper products.

NewPage Paper Mill
7100 County 426 M.5 Rd.
Escanaba, MI

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