Tampa Man to Spend More Time in Prison for Lying to Feds
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said he lied about the amount of his income on a financial disclosure form.
TAMPA – A federal judge extended the sentence of a Tampa man after he lied to federal officials to influence the amount of his restitution payments, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.
Jason Anthony Martinez, 38, of Tampa, was sentenced to an additional three months’ imprisonment for a total of 27 months’ imprisonment for lying to the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Financial Litigation Unit and U.S. Probation to avoid his restitution obligation. In addition, he was sentenced to an additional two years of supervised release, extending his post-incarceration supervision to a total of five years.
According to the plea agreement, Martinez was previously convicted in a mortgage-related fraud case and ordered to pay $3,008,551.01 in restitution. On Oct. 24, 2017, Martinez signed and submitted a Financial Disclosure Form, upon which he falsely claimed a net income that was about half his actual net income and failed to disclose a number of credit accounts.This false information materially and adversely affected the resulting restitution-related payment calculations in his prior case.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office, recognizing the critical importance of recovering restitution for victims, has a Financial Litigation Unit that collects criminal monetary penalties, including restitution, imposed on criminal defendants by the U.S. District Court as part of his or her sentence. One of the tools used by the unit to collect restitution is the Financial Disclosure Statement, which requires defendants to truthfully disclose, among other things, their income, expenses, assets, and liabilities.
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