This is the last post in this 3 part series, discussing some of Maria Averill’s illegal activities as Guardian Ad Litem in my Family Court case… What can happen when people lie to the FBI, particularly those who should know better?
Since some of you, my friends and family, live in other countries, I want to share with you just how serious it is in the United States to knowingly lie to any Federal Agency, particularly the FBI. It may truly send shivers down your spine at the thought of it! In case you missed the first two posts in this series, or if you’re catching up on the full situation with the Guardian Ad Litem appointed by the Charleston South Carolina Family Court, please check out the following where we see broken standards, questionable loyalties, an accidentally stolen document, and some live recordings that blow my mind. Would love your impressions!
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What does it mean to “Make False Statements” in the United States?
Wikipedia gives a pretty good idea, but let’s explore a little further and then get down to some big, real life examples that you’ve probably heard about and remember.
The United States Department of Justice tells us that Making False Statements to a Federal Investigator is pretty clearly defined, because it’s such a serious offense. They state:
“By its plain terms, § 1001 (as it existed before it was amended in October 1996), broadly reaches “[w]hoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States knowingly and willfully… makes any false, fictitious or fraudulent statements or representations…”
So there’s not a lot of wiggle room here. It would be serious business indeed to even play with the idea of lying to the FBI, because the light of truth always comes to bear on even the murkiest of dealings.
Simply put, Truth Will Out.
“Truth will out. The facts will be known, as in She thought she could get away with it, but truth will out, and I’m sure she’ll get caught. Shakespeare used this idiom in The Merchant of Venice (2:2): “But in the end truth will out.” (courtesy of Dictionary.com)
Nobody is above the law
Here are some recent examples of what happened to people who “knowingly and willfully” made “false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or representations” to any department or agency of the United States:
Remember Martha Stewart?
Even America’s “Lifestyle Tycoon” Martha Stewart did prison time for her lying.
“Federal prosecutors have also brought false statement cases against… Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff, ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, onetime vice presidential adviser Scooter Libby and former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling, among others.”
“It’s a pretty easy charge,” white collar defense attorney Solomon Wisenberg told Newsweek, explaining why a false statement rap is so useful to prosecutors: “All you have to prove is that they lied to a federal agent about a material matter. It doesn’t have to be under oath.”
Also per Newsweek’s interview, in this same article:
“This criminal case is about lying. Lying to the FBI, lying to the SEC and lying to investors,” James Comey, then the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said at a 2003 press conference. “That is conduct that will not be tolerated by anyone. Martha Stewart is being prosecuted not because of who she is, but because of what she did.”
The Dallas Morning News shared a particularly helpful article
Explaining why lying to the FBI is a crime. Dallas defense attorney Taly Haffar states that:
“The essential role of the FBI is to help the rule of law be adhered to, and when individuals give false or misleading statements, that can cause the investigation to go into all sorts of directions and impact innocent people.”
Could it be that my harrowing experiences with the Charleston Family Court involving Guardian Ad Litem Maria Averill, caused harm to innocent people, particularly my children? How many other families might have been impacted by the same casual illegality, as it appears to many?
Please tell me, what do you think needs to happen with this Guardian Ad Litem who clearly meddled in my case, casually accusing me of forging an FBI document!
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