I am trying to find an article I once saw online. I thought I had saved it but I cannot find it in my computer and I have been trying to find it online again but I can’t and it’s driving me crazy.
It was an article about lying to the federal government. Maybe specifically mentioning 18 USC Sec. 1001. I think it was published by a law firm.
It said this was a catch-all thing where they could easily get you. It did not have to be under oath. It did not have to be directly.
It gave several examples. You fill in a form for your employer and your employer submits it to the feds as part of necessary information for a contract and they can nail you for lying to the feds.
Amother one was that you are working for someone who is doing something slightly illegal. You look the other way and soon leave that job. Later the feds come to question you and ask something like if you have ever been an accessory to a crime. If you say no you have lied and you are in trouble.
The point of the article was that the charge of lying to the feds is very easy to fall into and that the consequences and penalties can be much greater than the principal misdeed being investigated. Maybe you lie regarding some minor thing which could only get you a very light penalty but the lie will get you into much deeper trouble.
The lie did not have to be substantial or have any implications. Just the fact that it was a lie, no matter how small or irrelevant, was enough.
It recommended not making any statements to the police except that you wanted to talk to an attorney.
I think it was published by a law firm.
I am going nuts trying to find it. It may even be in my computer but I have no idea why I can’t find it.
My google-fu must be very weak because I have spent quite some time searching and I get nothing.