Tulare Man Sentenced to Prison for Making False Statements to U.S. Probation Officer
FRESNO, Calif. — Rojelio Martin, 36, of Tulare, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to two years and 11 months in prison for making false statements to his federal probation officer while on supervised release after serving a prison sentence for a previous offense, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, Martin was sentenced in 2013 to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay $44,860 in restitution for a scheme that had defrauded 75 taxpayers out of their tax refunds. Martin was released from prison in 2016, and beginning in April 2017, he failed to make the court-ordered restitution payments. He claimed that health-related absences from work prevented him from paying restitution, and on December 13, 2017, Martin gave his supervising U.S. Probation Officer a fraudulent and forged letter from his doctor and a fraudulent statement of earnings to support that claim.
This case was the product of an investigation by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher D. Baker prosecuted the case.