Four Michigan residents charged with Social Security disability fraud

Norway, Michigan resident Nicole Gillis, 37, Escanaba resident Cynthia Ogren, 56, and Wilson resident Sharon Philemon, 59, pleaded not guilty Social Security disability fraud on Wednesday, November 2.

Wilson and Ogren were charged with false pretenses – $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 – while Philemon was charged with embezzlement from a vulnerable adult – $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. In a related development, 38-year-old Escanaba resident Douglas Buskirk, who was also charged with false pretenses, is scheduled for a probable cause conference on Thursday, December 1. Police authorities said that all of the cases combined make $187,000 in total fraud loss.

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