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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Former Davenport Alderman Bill Boom Sentenced to Two Years of Probation for Making False Statements to a Federal Grand Jury

DAVENPORT, IA – On August 30, 2017, Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced William Boom to two years of probation, a $5,000 fine, 80 hours of community service, and a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims’ Fund for making false statements to a federal grand jury, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Boom’s probation terms include, but are not limited to, refraining from illegal possession and/or use of a controlled substance and participation in a substance abuse testing and/or treatment program.

On April 18, 2017, Boom pleaded guilty to the offense. During his plea, Boom admitted in July of 2016, he was placed under oath and testified before a federal grand jury in Davenport. During his testimony, Boom was advised by an Assistant United States Attorney of his oath to testify truthfully and potential criminal penalties for providing false testimony. Boom made the following declarations to the Assistant United States Attorney’s questions during his testimony:

 

Q: Prior to April 6th of 2016, were you aware that G.W. used methamphetamine?

 

A: I wasn’t aware that he used methamphetamines. There was a time when I found a syringe in his room, but he told me that that was from one of his friends that had diabetes. But every time that I suspected something, I would give him holy hell.

 

Q: So prior to April 6th of 2016, were you aware that G.W. used ice methamphetamine?

 

A: No.

 

Q: Have you ever given the person depicted in Exhibit 1 any money? 

 

A: No. The only person I ever gave money to was G.W., or his relatives, but never to this gentleman.

 

The person depicted in Grand Jury Exhibit 1 was Joseph Allen Terry, also known as Lump and/or Lumpy. At the time, Boom knowingly made these false declarations. Prior to April 6, 2016, Boom knew G.W. used methamphetamine and Boom had given money to Terry, who has since pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and will be sentenced on September 21, 2017. These questions and answers were material to an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in the Southeastern Iowa.

 

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

 

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Learn more about this release by calling Rachel J. Scherle at 515-473-9300, or by emailing her at Rachel.Scherle@usdoj.gov.

 

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Updated August 30, 2017