Convicted con man Michael Vorce returns to Grand Rapids

Posted at 8:58 PM, May 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-21 21:30:36-04

GRAND RAPIDS – He’s a convicted con man and identity thief who scammed local banks and others out of nearly 30 million dollars.

Tonight, after serving several years behind bars on a federal prison sentence, Michael Vorce is back in Grand Rapids.

FOX17 has learned he’s been relocated to a halfway house in Grand Rapids after serving time in a federal corrections institution in Milan, Michigan.

You’ll remember, Vorce’s crimes were documented in an episode of CNBC’s “American Greed” in 2013.

Vorce was convicted of using a system of forged documents that he ran through the Secretary of State’s Office to trick numerous banks into giving him enormous loans for a fleet of luxury yachts that didn’t exist.

Vorce used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, which included speed boats, luxury cars and expensive homes.

After admitting several crimes to the FBI, Vorce was later arrested in Chicago with another man, caught stealing someone’s identity to get more fraudulent loans online.

Vorce was originally sentenced to 12 years for his crimes, but later had his sentence reduced after turning jailhouse informant, helping authorities with other investigations, including a murder case out of Milwaukee.

Vorce’s original sentence included 3 years supervised release.