FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   CIV
MONDAY, DECEMEMBER 12, 1994                                  (202) 616-2765
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            EIGHT INDIVIDUALS CHARGED IN ODOMETER FRAUD SCHEME

     WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Justice today charged
eight men with conspiring to roll back odometer readings by as
much as 60,000 miles on a minimum of 1,600 motor vehicles offered
for sale in the Philadelphia area.  
     Assistant Attorney General Frank W. Hunger of the Civil
Division and United States Attorney Michael R. Stiles of
Philadelphia said criminal charges against the men were filed in
U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.  
     Charges were brought against James J. Rossi Sr., 57, of
Philadelphia, Pa.; Donald J. DeJoseph, 57, of Willingboro, N.J.;
William L. Pascoe, 69, of Croydon, Pa.; Robert A. Whitfield, 51,
of Philadelphia; Gene Krupa, 53, of Levittown, Pa.; Dwight (Ike)
Miller, 37, of Schuylkill Haven, Pa.; Ronald S. Dietrich, 30, of
Wernersville, Pa.; and Herbert Baskin, 58, of Palm City, Fla.
     Rossi was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit
odometer tampering, two counts of rolling back particular
odometers more than 40,000 miles each, and a fourth count of
altering an automobile title to hide its actual mileage.
     According to the charges, Rossi, from August 1987 through
1994, tried to hide his involvement in the scheme by recruiting
and setting up individuals in used car dealerships and
unincorporated businesses he actually owned and controlled.
     The government said Rossi conducted business under, among
others, the following names: London Motors Inc., Camden, New
Jersey; Haddon Motors Inc., Camden, New Jersey; Pike Motors Inc.,
Hammonton, New Jersey; W.H. Motors Inc., Delran, N.J.; W.L.
Pascoe Autos Inc., Hammonton, N.J.; GK Motors Inc., Delran, N.J.;
and two Alabama companies, B&R Leasing Inc., and J.D. Motors. 
Rossi also used these fictitious companies:  Banco Leasing Inc.;
Capital Leasing Inc.; Gemway Leasing Inc.; Martel Leasing Inc.;
R&R Leasing Inc.; and Tobari Leasing Inc.
     According to the charges, Rossi recruited individuals to run
automobile dealerships that purchased late-model, high-mileage
cars, then paid another individual to roll back their odometers. 
Rossi and other individuals forged the mileage on the titles of
the cars or entered the false, low-mileage odometer readings on
duplicate titles.  Rossi and these individuals took the titles to
New Jersey where they obtained new titles with the fraudulent
odometer readings.  The cars were then sold through the
dealerships that Rossi controlled.
     DeJoseph was charged with one felony count of conspiring,
from 1989 until 1993, to alter automobile odometers in connection
with Haddon Motors Inc., W.L. Pascoe Autos Inc., and B&R Leasing
Inc.  He also was charged with using the alias "Ricardo Arrieta"
to open mail drops in New Jersey for Martel Leasing, Gemway
Leasing, R&R Leasing, Banco Leasing, Capital Leasing, and Tobari
Leasing, all of which were fictitious entities.
     Pascoe was charged with one felony count of conspiring, from
1991 until 1993, to alter the odometers of at least 500 motor
vehicles in connection with W.L. Pascoe Autos Inc., B&R Leasing
Inc., and J.D. Motors Inc.
     Whitfield was charged with one felony count of conspiring,
from 1989 until 1993, to alter the odometers of at least 175
automobiles.  
     Krupa was charged with one felony count of conspiring, from
1991 until 1992, to alter 175 automobile odometers as president
of GK Motors.  Baskin was charged with one felony count of
conspiring, from 1989 to 1990, to alter 50 automobile odometers
as president of Pike Motors.  
     Dietrich was charged with one felony count of conspiring,
from July 1990 to December 1990, to alter 52 automobile odometers
as president of W.H. Motors.  Miller was charged with one felony
count of conspiring, from July 1990 to December 1990, to alter 52
automobile odometers, also in connection with W.H. Motors.       
     The charges filed by the United States Attorney's office are
the result of a two-year investigation by the New Jersey State
Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Philadelphia
Field Office.  
     Hunger praised the investigative work by the New Jersey
State Police and the FBI, including the work of NJSP Det. Sgt.
Mark Emmer, NJSP Det. Daniel Pilla, and FBI Special Agent Peter
Pollice.  Hunger also thanked the U.S. Attorney's office in
Philadelphia and the Odometer Fraud Staff of the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration for their assistance in the
investigation.
     "Odometer tampering is a serious consumer fraud that can
cause thousands of dollars of losses to the unsuspecting buyers
of these vehicles," Hunger said.  "These prosecutions show that
the federal government continues to vigorously prosecute
individuals who engage in this sort of consumer fraud." 
     The prosecution is being handled by Gregory T. Everts and
Linda I. Marks, attorneys in the Department's Office of Consumer
Litigation. 
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