ECU: News & Events

UPDATED: December 18, 2013



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12/17/2013 -- The Economic Crimes Unit was featured in an article on on 12/17/2013.



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05/13/2008 -- The Economic Crimes Unit has a new e-mail address. Please send your e-mails to



ECU, ECSD & Secret Service Bust Counterfeit Ring

The 05/08/2007 edition of the Lansing State Journalreported on over 200 area people being investigated for Social Security, Department of Human Services, and other frauds. Over $330,000 in fraud is connected to Eaton and Ingham Counties. (Similar fraud in Berrien, Kalamazoo, Ottawa and Calhoun Counties totaled an additional $840,000.) The Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney's Economic Crimes Unit is heading the prosecution of cases in both counties. Many cases involve people fraudently obtaining replacement Social Security checks and being paid twice. A pre-charging diversion has been offered so people can avoid criminal prosecution if they pay full restitution plus a diversion fee.


ECU, ECSD & Secret Service Bust Counterfeit Ring

The 03/23/2007 edition of the Lansing State Journal reported on recent arrests connected to a string of counterfeit currency and checks that were passed in mid-Michigan.


ECU Tops $1,000,000 Mark in Bad Check Collections for Local Merchants

In June 2006, the Economic Crime Unit (ECU) reached another milestone. Since its creation four years ago, the Economic Crime Unit has now returned over One Million Dollars to Eaton County businesses through its Retail Fraud and Bad Check diversion programs!


ECU's Rental Property Diversion

The Economic Crime Unit recently launched a new diversion program for businesses in Eaton County. The ECU is now offering a Rental Property diversion program, which is free to businesses and is designed to help with the recovery of past-due rental items. This program will be similar to the ECU bad check diversion program. Businesses have the opportunity to file a complaint with the ECU if a renter does not return rental property on the due date. In order to use the program businesses must follow certain procedures.


Steps for Using the Rental Property Diversion Program:

  1. There must be a written rental agreement in place.
  2. A past due rental property notification letter must be sent to the renter by certified or registered mail.
  3. If there is no response to the notice letter, submit the rental property complaint sheet by mail or fax to the ECU.

Businesses can recover the value or cost of the unreturned property, reasonable late fees and the certified or registered letter charge. Once a business files a complaint, the late fees are limited to those listed on the complaint. Late fees will not be calculated after a complaint is submitted.

Rental Property diversion forms are available on the ECU website (Downloads page or ECU section), or by contacting the Economic Crime Unit office at (517) 703-0572.




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