June 20, 2024


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Metro Detroit law firms tied to schemes to solicit crash victims

The alleged schemes involved police reports of Detroit car crashes.

Top lawyers at two metro Detroit law firms took part in schemes to illegally obtain police reports of auto accidents and solicit the crash victims for legal and medical services, according to recent federal indictments and a plea agreement.

Mathew C. Schwartz of Birmingham, the principal founder and managing partner of Southfield-based law firm Legal Genius, which runs frequent TV ads, pleaded guilty in October to two charges, including conspiracy to defraud the IRS, and is awaiting sentencing in U.S. District Court in Flint.

Glenn P. Franklin III of Harrison Township  and Brent F. Sitto of Bloomfield Township, founding members and principals of Southfield-based Auto Accident Attorneys, whose website is Paid4Pain.com, were indicted last week in U.S. District Court in Flint on wire fraud charges. Both men entered not guilty pleas Monday and were released on $10,000 bonds.