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untanglingwebs
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Singelis spent $28,657.25 in internet listing charges to a 1&1.com. That was in addition to $91, 192 paid to WJR on behalf of a non-existent corporation, Shriners of Michigan. Thousands were spent on Facebook game credits.
Post Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:43 pm 
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untanglingwebs
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Guss wrote the Shrine could prove embezzlement of $610, 025.15 and under Michgan law that amount can be trebled. Guss has requested a judgment of $1,830,075.45 plus court costs and attorney fees. The Court entered a default judgment on 4/13/14 against Nick Singelis.
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Singelis did not want to discuss any earnings from the operation of the two bars from the Hatch contract, nor any earnings he received from employment with Hatch.
Singelis also did not want to disclose any rental income he may have received from a property on Mannhall he was purchasing on a land contract.

Singelis may have been involved in the pothole company operated by Hatch.
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Flint man ordered to pay nearly $1.8 million in Shriners embezzlement lawsuit

Gary Ridley | gridley@mlive.com By Gary Ridley | gridley@mlive.com

on September 04, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated September 04, 2014 at 9:23 AM



FLINT, MI -- A judge has ordered a Flint man to pay nearly $1.8 million over claims that he embezzled money from the Elf Khurafeh Shriners to buy thousands of dollars in personal items, including a bullet-proof vest, police uniform and Facebook credits for social games.

Genesee County Circuit Judge Geoffrey Neithercut entered a default judgment Tuesday, Sept. 2, against Nicholas Singelis after the Shriners sued Singelis over the alleged embezzlement.

Court records show the judgment was entered after Singelis failed to show up to Tuesday's court hearing. Singelis could not be reached for comment on the judgment.

Singelis has no attorney on file in the lawsuit. Bay City attorney Adam C. Reddick previously represented Singelis in the case. However, he withdrew after he claims Singelis failed to produce documents and provided evasive answers during deposition, according to court records.

The Shriners filed the complaint after Singelis filed a whistleblower lawsuit that accused the Clio-based Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple of allowing illegal sexual activities to take place during an initiation ceremony held Nov. 3, 2012, at the organization's Circus Park facility in Vienna Township.

Shriners have denied the allegations. The case was closed after Neithercut entered the default judgment.

"The Shriners are extremely pleased with this outcome as the allegations against the Shriners were false, demeaning, insulting and not consistent with the long tradition of work and support that Shriners do for crippled and burned children," said the Shriners' attorney, Robert L. Swartwood of Clio.

Swartwood added Singelis' lawsuit was simply a smoke-screen to cover-up his embezzlement.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said Singelis reported the allegations against the Shriners to his office, but Pickell forwarded it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation since the accusations involved acts that crossed state lines.

Swartwood said the Shriners organization would work with law enforcement officials to seek criminal charges against Singelis. No criminal charges have yet been filed and no active investigation is underway by any law enforcement agency, according to Swartwood's office.

Court records show Singelis, a former employee of the Shrine Temple, was accused in the lawsuit of embezzling nearly $590,000 from the organization. The judgment signed by Neithercut states that Singelis offered no evidence in opposition to the accusation.

Neithercut's order shows the judgment includes three times the actual damages, costs and attorney fees.

Court records show the Shriners claim Singelis spent the Shriners' money on a variety of items, including a bullet-proof vest, a Taser, a police uniform, televisions, cameras, video games, computers and 100 silver coins.

The Shriners allege he also spent more than $16,000 on Facebook credits that can be used to play games on the social network site and more than $2,300 on music downloads.

None of the items, except for a nearly $1,200 television, have been returned to the Shrine or otherwise accounted for, according to court records.

The Elf Khurafeh Shriners represent nearly 2000 members in 26 Michigan counties. The organization houses and transports children and their family members free of charge to Shriner hospitals in Cincinnati and Chicago for medical treatment.

"When something like this happens, it puts our whole mission in jeopardy and the Shriners view this as stealing directly from our children," said Swartwood.

Singelis garnered attention recently after a failed attempt to recall Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell. Singelis withdrew the recall petition just hours prior to a hearing in front of the state Board of Canvassers.
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untanglingwebs
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Asking Shriners involved in the case and they say the case is in the hands of the FBI. Obviously there will be no repayment to the Shrine in either the Flint or Saginaw case.

FBI works very slow!
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FLINT NEWS
Flint man charged with stealing thousands of dollars from Shriners


By Dominic Adams dadams5@mlive.com
FLINT, MI - A Flint man is charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the Elf Khurafeh Shriners.

Federal prosecutors on July 21 charged Nicholas Singelis II in U.S. District Court in Flint with conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

The incident dates back to August 2012 when Singelis allegedly wrote a check to someone for $20,000 from a bank account belonging to the Elf Khurafeh Temple Association after fraudulently misrepresenting the intended use of the funds, court documents said.

Singelis has no attorney on file. MLive-The Flint Journal could not reach Singelis for comment on Tuesday, July 25.

A judge ordered Singelis to pay $1.8 million in 2014 following a lawsuit alleging he embezzled money from the Shriners to buy thousands of dollars in personal items that included a bullet proof vest, police uniform and Facebook credits for social games.

Flint man ordered to pay nearly $1.8 million in Shriners embezzlement lawsuit

A default judgment was entered against Singelis in Genesee County after he failed to show up to a court hearing.

The Shriners filed the complaint after Singelis filed a whistleblower lawsuit that accused the Clio-based Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple of allowing illegal sexual activities to take place during an initiation ceremony held Nov. 3, 2012, at the organization's Circus Park facility in Vienna Township.


Shriners have denied the allegations. The case was closed after a judge entered the default judgment.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell previously said Singelis reported the allegations against the Shriners to his office, but Pickell forwarded it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation since the accusations involved acts that crossed state lines.

Circuit court records show the Shriners claim Singelis spent the Shriners' money on a variety of items, including a bullet-proof vest, a Taser, a police uniform, televisions, cameras, video games, computers and 100 silver coins.

The Shriners allege he also spent more than $16,000 on Facebook credits that can be used to play games on the social network site and more than $2,300 on music downloads.

The Elf Khurafeh Shriners represent nearly 2000 members in 26 Michigan counties. The organization houses and transports children and their family members free of charge to Shriner hospitals in Cincinnati and Chicago for medical treatment.
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