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Man Convicted Of Perjury

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – JOSEPH JENKINS, age 45 of Geneva, New York, was found guilty of perjury on April 1, 2015 following a jury trial in federal court in Syracuse, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

The perjury charges arose from JENKINS’s request for appointment of counsel to represent him in connection with prior federal charges filed in 2011 relating to possession and transportation of child pornography. In his application for appointment of counsel, JENKINS made sworn statements to the court about his financial condition. Based on those statements, the court found JENKINS eligible for appointment of free counsel. But JENKINS did not disclose in his sworn statements that he in fact owned investment accounts worth more than $200,000. JENKINS also failed to disclose his ownership of various boats and recreational vehicles.

United States District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford scheduled sentencing for August 3, 2015. JENKINS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

JENKINS was previously convicted on February 6, 2014, following a jury trial, of possession and transportation of child pornography. He was sentenced on November 18, 2014, to a term of imprisonment of 225 months and a fine of $40,000, and he was ordered to pay restitution to the victims of his crimes.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tamara B. Thomson and Nicolas Commandeur.

Updated April 6, 2015