In Michigan
6:58 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

2 military Jeeps seized in MI in fraud investigation

DETROIT –

Federal agents say they've seized two museum-quality military jeeps in Michigan in an investigation of people who claim to offer legal research to prison inmates across
the country.

Postal agents in Detroit believe it's a fraud that has added up to more than $300,000 since 2002. No charges have been filed.

They say John Wilson of Sanilac County may have used some of the money to restore a 1942 Willys Jeep and a 1952 model.

In a court filing Monday, the government says Wilson and two other people have contacted prison inmates or their families with offers to work on appeals. The fees range from $500 to $3,500. They aren't lawyers.

Wilson wants the Jeeps returned. Defense lawyer Scott Newmann denies there was any fraud.