On Monday, October 16, 2017, it was announced that a Washington, D.C. home improvement contractor had been sentenced to ten years in prison for defrauding customers. 54-year-old Michael L. Rosebar was sentenced for defrauding clients of his home improvement business and personal creditors of hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was also sentenced for making false statements during bankruptcy proceedings and defrauding a government program.
On June 20, 2017, a jury found Rosebar guilty on six counts of concealment of bankruptcy assets, three counts of false oaths and statements in bankruptcy, and three counts of wire fraud. The defendant was also found guilty of violating District of Columbia laws. An order of restitution will be issued at a later date. Rosebar has been ordered to pay a $75,000 forfeiture money judgment. Once Rosebar has completed his prison sentence, he will be required to serve three years of supervised release.
Michael’s wife, Erin M. Rosebar 41, also pled guilty this month. She is scheduled to be sentenced on January 23, 2018. Government’s evidence shows that Rosebar operated businesses under several names, including EMR Construction Contractors. From February 2008 to January 2015, the defendant misrepresented himself as a licensed home improvement, electrical and HVAC contractor. At no time during that period did the defendant have a business or professional license with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
Rosebar found customers at home improvement stores, through referrals and by acting as a sub-contractor. The defendant negotiated contracts for projects that he could not and had no intention of completing. Rosebar abandoned projects before their completion and destroyed many residents’ homes, due to his improper and unskilled work. A single senior victim paid the defendant more than $380,000. Her home was left uninhabitable with no proper roof. She lost her life savings and was forced to live in a small portion of the house for seven years.
The government believes that Rosebar’s victims lost more than $1.3 million as a result of his actions from 2001 to 2016. Between 2008 and 2013, Rosebar filed for bankruptcy protection three times. He was ultimately found guilty for false statements made during the bankruptcy proceedings. The jury also convicted Rosebar of receiving benefits from D.C.’s Department of Human Services, despite not being entitled to them.
Despite earning hundreds of thousands of dollars from 2010 to 2014, the defendant received benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He falsely reported that he was unemployed, had no income and have no assets other than his family home.
Again, Michael L. Rosebar has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.