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Treasury Offers Help To Taxpayers Who Missed Tax Filing Deadline

Lansing, MI – April 26, 2017 – Michigan taxpayers who missed the Tuesday, April 18, state individual income tax filing deadline have options for filing a late return, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury). “Late filers should file all income tax returns that are due,” said Deputy Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “If a taxpayer owes tax and cannot make full payment, Treasury will work with them on payment options. We want to help taxpayers avoid interest charges and late payment penalties.” Treasury recommends past-due tax filers consider: Filing a return to claim an outstanding refund. Taxpayers risk losing their state income tax refund if they don’t file a return four years from the date due of the original return. Go to www.mifastfile.org to learn more about e-filing. Filing a return to avoid interest and penalties. File past due returns and pay now to limit interest charges and late payment penalties. Failure to pay could affect a taxpayer’s credit score and the ability to obtain loans. Requesting a penalty waiver. Penalty may be waived on an assessment if a taxpayer can show reasonable cause for their failure to pay on time. Reasonable cause includes serious illness, a fire or natural disaster, or criminal acts against you. Documentation should be submitted to substantiate the reason for a penalty waiver request. Paying as much owed...

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Former Shelby Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Lansing, MI – April 24, 2017 – Former Village of Shelby Police Chief Robert Wilson has pled guilty to one felony count of Embezzlement $20,000 or more but less than $50,000, and one count of Motor Vehicle-False Certification. Wilson entered his plea on Friday April 21, 2017 in front of Judge Robert D. Springstead of the 27th Circuit Court, covering Newaygo and Oceana Counties. Wilson was charged following an investigation into the salvage vehicle inspections he conducted which revealed he was not turning the collected fees over to the Village of Shelby in Oceana County. Sentencing is scheduled for June 5th at 1:30 pm at the 27th Circuit Court. Case Background Wilson, who was terminated from his position as Village of Shelby Police Chief as a result of this investigation, performed 699 salvage vehicle inspections between December 2013 and November 2015 without turning the fees over to the Village of Shelby. Per Michigan statute, inspections done by Michigan law enforcement officers on salvage vehicles can cost up to $100. Wilson did not inform government officials in the Village of Shelby that he was collecting inspection fees. Michigan Salvage Titles Salvage titles are issued for a vehicle that has become a “distressed vehicle.” A vehicle with a salvage title cannot be plated or used on public roads until it is re-certified by a specially trained police officer and re-titled. Bookmark It...

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Former State Employee Charged with Embezzlement

Lansing, MI – April 22, 2017 – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced he filed felony embezzlement charges against Maria Louisa Mason, of Williamston, for allegedly stealing money from a state fund designated for a memorial statue. “I have said it before and will continue to, public officials are held to a higher standard,” said Schuette. “Ms. Mason was allegedly using funds dedicated to a memorial statue to instead fund her personal expenses and now she is facing the consequences.” Mason was arraigned Tuesday, April 18, 2017 before Magistrate Laura Milllmore in 54A District Court. Her bond was set at $10,000 personal recognizance bond. Mason’s next court appearance is a pre-exam conference scheduled for April 27th at 9:30 a.m. “The Michigan State Police is committed to protecting the citizens of Michigan and that includes holding public officials accountable if they abuse their power,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police. “The MSP does not tolerate any type of criminal behavior.” Case Background Maria Louisa Mason, 80, is the former Executive Director of the Michigan Hispanic/Latino Commission within the Department of Civil Rights. A complaint was filed with the Michigan State Police by the Department of Civil Rights after it was suspected that Mason had stolen money that had been given to the state to construct a Cesar Chavez Memorial statue in Lansing. MSP began an investigation...

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Owners of Orchard Lake Sushi Restaurant Charged with 65 Felonies for Tax Embezzlement Scheme

Lansing, MI – April 22, 2017 – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced he had filed over 100 felony charges against Christina and Dong Hyun Chang, of Orchard Lake, and their business Sushi Samurai, Inc. for embezzling over $100,000 in sales tax paid by their customers and by underreporting their income by over $100,000. Schuette filed the following charges against both Dong Hyun and Christina Chang and their restaurant Sushi Samurai, Inc. in Oakland County’s 48th District Court: One count of Embezzlement over $100,000, a felony punishable by a maximum term of up to 20 years in the state prison and/or a fine up to $50,000, or 3 times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater; One count of Conspiracy to Embezzle over $100,000, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in the state prison and a $10,000 additional fine; One count of Possession of an automated sales suppression device, a felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison; 59 counts of filing false monthly sales tax returns, a felony punishable by up to 5 years and/or a $5,000 fine, and; Five counts of filing false joint income tax returns, punishable by up to 5 years and/or a $5,000 fine. “If the allegations are true, these individuals intentionally possessed illegal software to steal from the State of Michigan for nothing more it seems than personal greed,” said Schuette. “No one...

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Sara Cambensy Announces Run for 109th State House Seat

Marquette, MI – April 20, 2017 – Marquette City Commissioner Sara Cambensy announced her candidacy for Michigan’s 109th State House of Representatives District yesterday among supporters on the front steps of the Peter White Library. “I have chosen today, Tax Day, to announce my candidacy for the 109th House seat, because I feel the most important issues our state needs to address revolve around our tax dollars and how they are being spent in Lansing,” Cambensy said. “While our governor and legislature keep giving more and more tax breaks to large corporations, our counties, townships and municipalities keep paying our fair share of individual and small business taxes. Yet year after year, we continue to receive less and less revenue sharing back from our state to fix our infrastructure, fund public safety, and provide our public schools with the resources and the latest technology to prepare our students for 21st century jobs.” Cambensy explained that her top priority is bringing the voice of people to Lansing, where too many lobbyists have the attention of legislators at the expense of local needs. Small businesses, local governments and citizens in the district are not getting a fair return on taxes paid. Quality of life is negatively affected by tax giveaways, denying local governments and schools of the money they need to provide basic services to their communities. She maintains these are...

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