West Bloomfield residents face criminal charges for alleged crimes

By: Mark Vest | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 13, 2021

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has charged three individuals with West Bloomfield ties in connection with loan program and insurance scams.

Nessel charged West Bloomfield residents Adebowale Ajagbe, 46, and Tracy Hall, 38, with several crimes for allegedly submitting fraudulent loan applications to the Payroll Protection Program.

In an unrelated matter, Nessel charged West Bloomfield doctor Namir Zukkoor with insurance fraud for allegedly dispensing and billing insurers for prescriptions without the proper license.

The second case is the result of collaboration between the Michigan Department of the Attorney General and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services Fraud Investigation Unit.

Ajagbe was charged with two counts of false pretenses less than $50,000, 15-year felonies; two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, 10-year felonies; two counts of uttering and publishing, 14-year felonies; and conspiracy to commit false pretenses, a 15-year felony.

According to Ajagbe’s attorney, Christopher Quinn, his client maintains his innocence.

“I think it should be noted anyone’s innocent until proven guilty,” Quinn said. “These are strictly allegations at this point. We’re prepared to vigorously defend against the allegations.”

Hall was charged with  one count of false pretenses less than $50,000; one count of using a computer to commit a crime, a 10-year felony; one count of uttering and publishing; and conspiracy to commit false pretenses.

At press time, Hall’s attorney had not responded to a request for comment.

Ajagbe and Hall were arraigned May 13 in front of the magistrate at Oakland County’s 48th District Court. Both received $50,000 personal recognizance bonds.

Ajagbe is accused of applying for and receiving $47,500 in PPP funds at the beginning of May 2020, after claiming in a loan application that he had eight employees and a monthly payroll of $19,000 connected to a company called Zuvan Technologies.

According to a press release, it was learned there were no unemployment payroll withholdings for anyone associated with the company.

Hall is accused of applying for $52,000 in PPP funds at the end of June 2020 on behalf of DND Global Marketing, claiming the company had a monthly payroll of $20,800 for 15 employees. According to the release, she ultimately secured $49,010, despite the company having no employees and a business registration that had lapsed after having no annual filings since 2010.

Ajagbe is also accused of securing $49,165 in PPP funds for a third business, Mercury Financial Corp., at the end of July 2020, despite the company dissolving in 2008.

“Financial relief offered to struggling businesses caught up in the devastation created by COVID-19 has been a lifeline to countless Michiganders and people across the country as we continue to navigate this pandemic,” Nessel stated in the release. “My office will not tolerate attempts to take advantage of those funds when so many continue to struggle to make ends meet right now.”

Zukkoor, 71, was arraigned May 21 in 46th District Court. He was charged with conducting a criminal enterprise, a 20-year felony; two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, a four-year felony; two counts of false pretenses $1,000 to $20,000, a five-year felony; operating a pharmacy without a license, a four-year felony; and insurance fraud, a four-year felony.

The charges stem from Zukkoor’s business, VCC Services, PLLC.

According to another press release, VCC has never had a drug control license to dispense prescription drugs, nor a controlled substance license to distribute drugs on Schedules II through V.

Zukkoor is also accused of billing insurance companies for services he was not legally authorized to provide.

“Our state’s licensing laws are in place to protect patients and ensure those responsible for prescribing medications are doing so in a legal and ethical manner,” Nessel stated in the release. “My office will continue to work with DIFS to enforce Michigan regulations and hold accountable those who attempt to violate our laws.”

The DIFS also shared a statement.

“The DIFS Fraud Investigation Unit is committed to working with the Attorney General to root out these bad actors to benefit all Michiganders,” DIFS Director Anita Fox stated in the release. “Insurance fraud, such as what was involved in this prescription drug scheme, drives up insurance costs for all Michiganders. If you suspect insurance fraud, report it to DIFS online or by calling 877-999-6442.”

The magistrate who arraigned Zukkoor found he is not a flight risk, and bond was set at $10,000 personal recognizance with the following conditions: He must surrender his passport and must not travel without prior court approval, and he cannot dispense prescriptions or controlled substances.

At press time, Zukkoor’s attorney had not responded to a request for comment.

According to the release, “The DIFS Fraud Investigation Unit investigates criminal and fraudulent activity related to the insurance and financial markets and works with the Attorney General and law enforcement to prosecute these crimes. Suspected insurance fraud can be reported to DIFS safely, easily and, in most cases, anonymously.”