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Burlington Man Indicted for Making False Statements in Connection with Receipt of Hud Rental Assistance Payments

March 16, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Robert Goldsmith, 56, was arraigned on March 13, 2012, in United States District Court on an indictment charging that he knowingly made false statements in connection with his receipt of rental assistance payments through a program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy ordered that Goldsmith be released subject to conditions pending trial.

According to the indictment, Goldsmith received rental assistance payments from 2007 through 2011 based on his representation to the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA), which administers the HUD program in Vermont, that he had no income. In order to continue receiving the HUD subsidy based on no income, Goldsmith was required to submit to VSHA periodic certifications that he had no income. From in or about November 2009 until at least 2011, Goldsmith was employed and earning income. Nevertheless, on six separate occasions in 2010, Goldsmith certified to VSHA that he had no income.

The United States Attorney emphasized that the charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty. If convicted, Goldsmith faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years. Any actual sentence will be determined by the Court with reference to the statutory sentencing factors and the advisory sentencing guidelines. 
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Doyle. Robert Goldsmith is represented by Steven Barth, Esq. of the Office of the Federal Public Defender.

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