The House Regulatory Reform Committee debated bills relating to the fraudulent return of out-of-state cans and bottles for refunds in
. If passed, an individual attempting to return between 100 and
10,000 non-returnable containers could face up to 93 days in jail along with a
$1,000 fine. Currently, the law only penalizes those who have actually returned fraudulent containers.
Angela Madden of Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers emphasized how this practice hurts businesses. Many
businesses lack the proper machines to read the special mark or code on containers
that is meant to prevent this type of fraud. Michigan
The committee has yet to vote on the legislation, and while only a dime per returned container does not seem like much, thousands of these returns could be costing the state a pretty penny.
If you have questions about criminal matters, fraud or other legal issues, please contact Mark Mandell or Tariq Hafeez at 248.380.0000 or online at www.MichiganFraudLawyer.com
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