Most people think of perjury only occurring in a courtroom. But in reality, making false statements to law enforcement officials, sabotaging investigations by withholding information and lying on official documents are also considered perjury and are punishable by law.
False statements sometimes happen by accident on documents such as tax returns or loan applications. Other times, when an individual is giving oral testimony, it can be difficult to recall events accurately and clearly. These lapses in memory may be wrongfully considered to be lies by local and federal agencies and can lead to prosecution.
When is Best Time to Act?
An individual involved in a False Statement investigation needs to speak with white collar criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to protect their reputation and freedom. Contact our experienced NY criminal defense attorneys today at 844-227-1981.
Types of False Statements Charges:
Charges typically include providing false oral statements to federal investigators or filling out fraudulent and false applications for federal grant money, relief assistance or other federal funding.
Criminal Schemes Related to False Statements:
Some of the criminal schemes include providing false information on a tax return, federal grant or relief assistance. Additionally, making false oral statements to federal investigators can also be prosecuted as it is a crime to knowingly provide false information within the jurisdiction of an investigating federal agency.
Crimes Related To False Statements:
Related crimes include false writing that contains any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statements or use of false documents.
Title 18 U.S.C. § 1001 is commonly used in most any federal criminal investigation involving fraudulent activity.
Penalties/Punishment for False Statements:
While every False Statement case has different allegations, it is extremely important to understand that a prosecution under this code section can be somewhat harsh if the dollar amounts involved are large. The more money is involved, the greater the potential sentencing under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the greater exposure to possible incarceration.
To win a conviction, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an individual knowingly and willingly lied or left out information.
Differences between State & Federal Charges
Title 18 U.S.C. § 1001 is the used by U.S. Attorney’s Offices to prosecute cases where money was allegedly gained through providing false statements. Cases are heard in NY federal courts.
High Profile/ Govt. cases of False Statements
In a press release on May 5, 2014 from the Department of Justice, Northern District of New York, “Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, announced today that Mark Anselm, 37, of Clayton, N.Y., was sentenced to seven years in prison before the U.S. District Judge Glen T. Suddaby after having pled guilty to six felony offenses that charged him with making false statements to officials of the United States Coast Guard, possession and use of an altered merchant marine license, and aggravated identity theft. In addition, Anselm was sentenced to three years of supervised release following his release from prison.”
If you are facing False Statements criminal charges, a government investigation or some other enterprise corruption violation, you need a white collar defense attorney who can get you the best results. The Blanch Law Firm has been fighting for our clients’ freedom and reputation for years. Contact our expert criminal defense attorney team today by calling 844-227-1981.