Fugitive Couple Arraigned in Real Estate Scheme

A Michigan couple arrested last month after fleeing the state in April have been arraigned on racketeering and obtaining money under false pretenses charges in connection with what authorities call a "massive real estate Ponzi scheme."

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Tuesday in a release that 62-year-old Richard Gosselin and 58-year-old Rita Gosselin of Grosse Ile each was given a bond of $3.5 million in Woodhaven's 33rd District Court.

A preliminary examination was set for Nov. 23.

Rita Gosselin also was charged in December. Authorities say she cut a court-ordered tether device in April and left Michigan with her husband. They were caught Oct. 29 in Tennessee.

Cox says the real estate scheme may have bilked up to 20 people out of $500,000.

The couple want a court-appointed lawyer.


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