In § 1001 Prosecution, Government must Prove False Statements were Material to the Federal Government

Seventh Circuit Criminal Case Summaries: Offenses - False Statements

United States v. Clark, No. 14-1251. Clark was convicted of making false statements under 18 U.S.C. § 1001. He argued the government presented insufficient evidence for the jury to conclude his false statements were material to the federal government. The Court of Appeals agreed on this issue and found that the government failed to prove his false statements had a natural capability of influencing the federal government and reversed his conviction on one of the counts.