AG Nessel - Co-Conspirator Charged with Stealing $470,000 from VA and MI TreasuryFri, 23 Apr 2021 16:59:14 EDT
Another suspect in a alleged scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Michigan Department of Treasury out of nearly half a million dollars has been formally charged, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced.
60 year old Sophia J. Quill, was arraigned in Wayne County 18th District Court recently.
Officials say the charges include Conducting a Criminal Enterprise and multiple counts of False Pretenses, all of which are felonies punishable with prison time and fines. She is charged as a Fourth Habitual Offender, meaning Quill is facing a maximum term of life imprisonment if convicted of any of the charges.
Quill and her co-conspirator Melissa Flores, who was arraigned last year, allegedly created aliases and obtained or created fraudulent documents to make it appear that they were heirs to various individuals who died.
Between 2013 and 2019, it is alleged that Quill and Flores defrauded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) out of more than $430,000 and the Michigan Department of Treasury out of more than $40,000.
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