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Feds Seek forfeiture of home of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Accused of Bank Fraud

Judge Diane Hathaway/court photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 DETROIT — An FBI investigation has prompted the federal government to seek forfeiture of the home of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway on accusations that she and her husband defrauded a bank of $600,000 in mortgage debt, the Detroit News reports

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade ‘s office wrote in a criminal complaint that Hathaway and her husband, attorney Michael Kingsley, “systematically and fraudulently transferred property and hid assets in order to support their claim to (ING Direct) that they did not have the financial resources to pay the mortgage on the Michigan property.”

McQuade and her husband are accused of money laundering and bank fraud.

The Republican Party has called on McQuade to resign but to no avail.

If Hathaway resigns, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder could replace her in a special election that could give the GOP a 5-2 majority on the court, the Detroit News reported.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Under FBI Investigation in Alleged Mortgage Swap

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway is under investigation over a suspicious $1.5 million real estate deal, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Citing a source familiar with the probe, the Free Press says the FBI is investigating how Hathaway eliminated $600,000 in mortgage debt on the waterfront home in suburban Grosse Pointe Park.

The FBI said the alleged scheme involved the judge transferring properties to relatives and then selling the $1.5 million house in a short sale for $850,000.

A former metro Detroit FBI chief, Andrew Arena, told the Free Press that swapping properties is a common mortgage fraud scheme.

Hathaway and her attorney declined to comment.

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