Federal Charges Against 4 In Scheme To Funnel Accident Reports To Law Firm

December 11, 2018 - 6:42 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Federal charges were filed Tuesday against four defendants, one of whom has personal ties to prominent Southfield attorney Mike Morse -- who himself remains the focus of a federal bribery investigation.

Among those charged, reports WWJ Newsradio 950's Jon Hewett, is 50-year-old Jason Rosette, a Bloomfield Hills physical therapy owner and college friend of Morse. 

Rosette is central to an ongoing investigation into an alleged scheme to funnel accident reports from Detroit police to Morse's law firm.  

Wayne State University law professor and former federal prosecutor Peter Henning says the fact that the charges came in the form of criminal information could indicate that a guilty plea from at least one of the accused is forthcoming.

"It is a way in which the government will start to build its case against others - usually if there is a single conspiracy count charge that's an indication that at least one of the defendants is willing to cooperate," says Henning. 

Rosette is charged with conspiring to defraud the US Government, a felony, which could result in a five-year prison term. 

A message to Morse's legal counsel for comment on this story has not been returned.