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Metro Detroit lawyers charged for allegedly stealing millions of dollars 

A trio of attorneys are now facing multiple felony charges on accusations of running a criminal enterprise to prey on some of the most vulnerable populations.


A trio of attorneys are now facing multiple felony charges on accusations of running a criminal enterprise to prey on some of the most vulnerable populations.

The Genesee County prosecutor is charging the attorneys out of Oakland County saying they would serve people as debt collectors and use the courts to garnish wages from victims who were unaware of what was happening. The number of victims could be over 1,000.

“This case involves father-son duo Mark and Ryan Fishman of Fishman Group, a professional debt collection law firm out of Oakland County, along with a third party, Alexandra Ichim,” Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton said.

The three lawyers allegedly developed schemes for years, destroying the lives of thousands of victims, totaling well over millions of dollars.

“These lawyers fraudulently took a short cut and they would forge certificates of service showing that the defendants were served when we know they were not,” Leyton said. “Then they would proceed to obtain defaults from the court, default judgments from the court and they would garnish wages, garnish bank accounts, obtain assets that they weren’t legally entitled to obtain.”

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said the scheme is over. The trio have been charged with a total of 32 felonies including racketeering, forgery and obstruction of justice.

“They have been arrested, all three of them. They were transported to the Genesee County Jail and they’ve been arraigned on the charges,” Swanson said.

The father in this case, Mark Fishman, was arraigned on a $40,000 cash bond. His son Ryan and Alexandra Ichim were both arraigned on $160,000 cash bond.

Swanson is asking anyone else who could have been victims to look through their paperwork and come forward with anything nefarious.

“We will fight for every penny stolen from you,” he said.

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