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Judge sentences man for evading restitution

November 17, 2016
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A man convicted of fraud has been sentenced to prison for evading his court-ordered restitution payments.

Daniel Lawrence Broton, 56, of Sparta was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff to 18 months in prison for lying on a financial affidavit submitted to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to aid in the collection of a restitution judgment against Broton from a 2006 criminal case. 

The sentencing was announced yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan.

Fraud and evading restitution

In 2006, Broton was convicted of defrauding the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of $500,000 in construction funds devoted to its casino project. Broton was comptroller and CFO of the tribe at the time.

He was sentenced in 2006 by U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell to three years in prison, three years of supervised release, $508,392.28 in restitution, a forfeiture money judgment of $500,000 and a mandatory special assessment of $400.

After his release from prison in 2009, Broton started a furniture-making company called Backwoods Casual. The U.S. Attorney's office said despite the fact he was earning income at least since 2011, he responded to affidavits from the office in 2013 and 2015 that he had no employment and no income.

In March, a federal grand jury indicted Broton for making false statements. Broton pled guilty to the offense in July and received the maximum sentence of 18 months on Nov. 16.

The restitution case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Fauson and investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation team.

"A warning"

U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Jr. said the case should serve as a cautionary tale.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office relies on financial affidavits to obtain an accurate picture of a defendant’s post-release financial condition to aid its post-judgment debt-collection efforts,” Miles said. “Broton’s sentence should serve as a warning to all defendants who consider making false statements on financial affidavits to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to avoid payment on their criminal monetary obligations. It re-victimizes victims, undermines the court’s judgment, and you will be prosecuted.”

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