Flint, Michigan - Four individuals in Flint, Michigan, pleaded guilty to conspiring to impede the lawful functions of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and steal from an organization receiving federal funds, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.
Jayson Rosett, Robert Rosett, Carol Almeranti, and Karen Miller each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States by impeding the lawful functions of the IRS and one count of conspiring to commit theft from an organization receiving federal funds.
According to court documents, from July 2012 through April 2018, Jayson Rosett, a resident of Bloomfield Hills, Robert Rosett, a resident of Boca Raton, Florida, Carol Almeranti, a resident of Farmington Hills, and Karen Miller, a resident of St. Clair Shores, engaged in a scheme in which Almeranti and Miller stole traffic crash reports from the Detroit Police Department (DPD) and delivered them to the Rosetts for regular cash payments. Many of the stolen DPD crash reports were marked “unapproved” and were not publicly available. Jayson Rosett and others used the stolen reports to solicit crash victims for clients of a business Rosett operated, including personal injury lawyers, chiropractors, and healthcare professionals.
United States District Court Judge Matthew F. Leitman scheduled sentencing for Jayson Rosett on Oct. 1, for Carol Almeranti and Karen Miller on October 3, and for Robert Rosett on Oct. 8. All four defendants face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each individual count of conspiring to defraud the United States and conspiring to commit theft from an organization receiving federal funds. Each defendant also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg thanked special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Mark McDonald and William Guappone, who are prosecuting the case.