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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Duo Indicted for Odometer Tampering and Conspiracy in Northeast Wisconsin

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on November 26, 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Robert J. Solberg (age: 35), of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Joshua A. Taylor (age: 38) of Crivitz, Wisconsin, on charges of criminal conspiracy and odometer tampering, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371 and 2; as well as Title 49, United States Code, Sections 32703(2) and 32709(b).

The indictment alleges that Solberg and Taylor purchased used vehicles and subsequently altered or replaced the odometers on those vehicles before selling them to unsuspecting buyers.  The indictment alleges that hundreds of thousands of miles were removed from some vehicles prior to sale.  Solberg and Taylor are also alleged to have misrepresented the age of the vehicles in order to increase profits.

Upon conviction each defendant faces up to 5 years’ incarceration on the conspiracy count and up to 3 years’ incarceration as to each tampering count.  As to each count, the defendants face a fine of up to $250,000.

This case was investigated by the Green Bay Police Department with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Odometer Fraud Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.    

For Additional Information Contact:

Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales 414-297-1700

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Updated November 27, 2019