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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Jersey Man Charged With False Statements To HUD

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 65-year-old New Jersey resident was charged yesterday with making false statements and representations in connection with a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured mortgage with intent to defraud the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, his office filed a criminal information against Martin Sacci of South Plainfield, New Jersey, for his role in failing to disclose the existence of a second loan made to a borrower in an FHA-insured mortgage for a property located in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

     The charge against Sacci stems from an investigation by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

     The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is one year imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine of up to $100,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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Updated April 9, 2015