Omaha Woman Sentenced for Making False Statements to Federal Agent
United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that on August 23, 2018, United States District John M. Gerrard sentenced Rita K. Scott to probation for a term of 1 year with special conditions for making false statements to a federal agent in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2). Scott filed a false claim contesting the forfeiture of a truck titled to Scott but used by her son, Chris Hicks, during unlawful transactions involving guns and drugs. An ATF investigation revealed that Hicks purchased the truck with $17,000.00 cash and asked the prior owner to send the title to Scott. Scott later called an ATF agent asking for the location and status of the truck, and claimed she purchased the truck for $12,000.00 earned jointly with her husband.
The case was investigated by the Omaha office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.