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Robert Goldsmith Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Defrauding Hud of $18,618 in Rental Subsidies

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December 10, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Robert Goldsmith of Burlington was sentenced today for defrauding HUD in connection with his receipt of rental subsidies. Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced Goldsmith to 18 months in prison and restitution in the amount of $18,618, to be followed by one year of supervised release.

According to court records, from 2007 until 2011 Goldsmith received rental assistance payments through a Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Goldsmith received a rental subsidy through this program based on his representation to VSHA that he had no income. Goldsmith was required to submit periodic notarized statements to VSHA certifying that he had no income. He submitted six such certifications between February and August 2010. From in or about November 2009 through the time he was charged, Goldsmith was employed and receiving a salary. Based on the unreported income, Goldsmith received a total of $18,618 in rental assistance to which he was not entitled.

On March 1, 2012, Goldsmith was charged in a six-count indictment with knowingly submitting false documents to an agency of the United States for purposes of receiving rental assistance payments. He pled guilty on July 2, 2012, and was released on conditions. His conditions of release were revoked in October 2012, and he remained detained until his sentencing today.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the VSHA. The matter was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Doyle. Goldsmith was represented by Steven Barth of the Federal Defender's Office for the District of Vermont.

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