Being convicted of a federal crime can have a seriously negative impact on a person’s life. A conviction typically leads to penalties, such as spending time in prison, fines and probation. In society, it can be more difficult to obtain a job and be approved for housing. Unfortunately, being charged with federal crimes means facing off against federal prosecutors and their seemingly endless supply of funds and ability to drag cases out until the defendant gives up and pleads guilty.
A Chicago woman stands accused of filing false liens against several federal officials, including a former U.S. attorney, a U.S. District Court clerk, a Federal Task Force officer and several others. According to court documents, the liens contain fraudulent statements alleging the targeted parties owe the woman’s brother $100 billion.
Filing false liens, an act classified as “paper terrorism,” is a federal crime. According to the U.S. attorney who is prosecuting the case, the woman was trying to “intimidate, harass and retaliate against federal judges and employees.” A person convicted of this crime can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and up to $250,000 in fines.
The woman is currently being held in custody and is scheduled for a detention hearing next week. At this point it’s unknown what evidence prosecutors have against the woman, but the U.S. attorney said that they intend to fully prosecute this case to send a message. When facing federal charges, it’s best to consult with an experienced attorney.
Source: NBCChicago.com, “Woman Accused of Filing Fake Liens On Feds’ Property,” Nov. 9, 2012