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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 19, 2016

Sex Offender Sentenced for Fraudulent Statements

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Robert Brooks Tipton, Jr., 38, formerly of Broken Bow, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 2 years in prison by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard, for making false statements or representations to an agency of the United States.  After his release from prison, Tipton will serve 3 years of supervised release and still be required to register as a sex offender.

On February 18, 2014, Tipton and his girlfriend applied for public housing through the Broken Bow Housing Authority (BBHA) in Broken Bow, Nebraska.  Tipton was listed as another adult household member living in the assisted housing unit. On page 5 of the BBHA application, the question “Have you or anyone in your household ever been convicted of any crime other than traffic violations?” was presented The question was answered by checking “No.” In fact, defendant had been convicted of felony Sexual Assault of a Child in Garfield County, Colorado, on or about August 9, 2001, a fact which excluded him from obtaining public housing at BBHA. Defendant signed the BBHA application on February 18, 2014 below the statement “I do swear and attest that all of the information above about me is true and correct.”  The BHHA administers a subsidized housing complex in Broken Bow, Nebraska, for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an agency and department of the United States.  HUD regulations forbid any sex offender convicted of a felony sex offense from living in public housing. 

This case was investigated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the United States Marshals Service. 

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Updated August 26, 2016