Justice Diane Hathaway Charged With Fraud

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By: ap

DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway has been charged with bank fraud just a few days before quitting the state's highest court.

The charge was filed Friday and titled as a criminal "information," which means a guilty plea is expected in federal court.

Hathaway is resigning Monday, months after a series of suspicious real estate transactions were revealed. The government says Hathaway and her husband deeded a Florida home to a relative while trying to negotiate a short sale on a house they couldn't afford in suburban Detroit.

When the sale went through, the Windermere, Fla., home went back in their names.

Her attorney, Steve Fishman, declined to comment Saturday.

Hathaway quietly filed retirement papers with the state on Dec. 20. Her last day as a justice is Monday.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2013 at 03:40 PM
    what is wrong with this picture. SHe is abusing the system to get ahead. If she was a republican, this would have gotten more press coverage. If she was a male, she would have been considered part of the old boys club. She is part of the 1% but that was not included. She went to private school, but yet the liberals still protect their image with her.
  • by linda Location: lansing on Jan 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM
    I wonder if shes going to jail gor her crimes,I know I would,& what about her husband.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2013 at 04:05 PM
    Looks like someone got a little too big for her britches...Guess she thought being a hotshot judge made her above the law. I hope she burns BIGTIME!!
  • by Mary Novak Location: Howell on Jan 19, 2013 at 01:09 PM
    I wish there was some way her government pension was taken away from her. She knew she was committing fraud....duh!
  • by mike Location: lansing on Jan 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM
    Thats pretty good get charged with fraud then able to draw her retirement which is how much,then later on her S.S. thats pretty good for commiting a crime.
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