PHOENIX (LAWFUEL) – Jarrett Maupin II, 21, of Phoenix pleaded guilty in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence O. Anderson today to making a false statement to the FBI. A federal indictment in February 2009 alleged that Maupin knowingly and willfully made a false material statement to the FBI. In his plea agreement, Maupin admitted that in September 2008 he falsely informed the FBI that a local elected official engaged in criminal activity in order to hurt the official politically. Maupin fully repudiated the false report as part of his plea agreement.
Sentencing is set for July 27, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. before U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell. A conviction for False Statements carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. According to the terms of the plea agreement, the sentence recommended to the Court is probation. In determining an appropriate sentence, Judge Campbell will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the plea agreement.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution is being handled by Rachel Hernandez and Gary Restaino, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
CASE NUMBER: CR-09-0052-PHX-DGC
RELEASE NUMBER: 2009-141(Maupin)