During my tenure with the Public Housing Authority in the City of Lewisburg; I filed away lies on a daily bases. Residents consistently, lying about there income, maintenance personal lying about inventory and Public Housing Officials lying about performance. Last year, it was alleged that a Lewisburg Police officer falsified work time records. (www.marshalltribune.com)(Jan 15, 2010) On August 21, 2006 the Director of Municipal Audits of the Comptroller of Tennessee reported to the 17th judicial district attorney general that during the audit of the Housing Authority in Lewisburg, auditors uncovered payments totaling $383,716,72 to a unlicensed resident contractor for maintenance work.
What’s surprising is that at the time the payments were made, this person’s rent was subsidized by the taxpayers. Now in November 2006 the inspector general of HUD wrote Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee stating that the complaint could not be confirmed. Title 18U.S.C – 1001 states:
Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001 makes it a crime to: 1) knowingly and willfully; 2) make any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation; 3) in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative or judicial branch of the United States. Your lie does not even have to be made directly to an employee of the national government as long as it is “within the jurisdiction” of the ever expanding federal bureaucracy. Though the falsehood must be “material” this requirement is met if the statement has the “natural tendency to influence or [is] capable of influencing, the decision of the decision making body to which it is addressed.” United States v. Gaudin, 515 U.S. 506, 510 (1995). (google search)
In other words, it is not necessary to show that your particular lie ever really influenced anyone. Therefore, the question to my ordinance/readers did the Inspector General of the department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) Violate title 18, U.S.C -1001? (United States v. Yermian, 468 U.S. 63, 69) (1984). For example, if you lie to your employer on your time and attendance records and, unbeknownst to you, the employer submits your records, along with those of other employees, to the federal government pursuant to some regulatory duty, you could be criminally liable. The concerns are what happened to the resident? Did the inspector general make corrections to his statement? Are the payments still being paid? Do the Tennessee Senator care that the Inspector General was lying?