On Monday, May 21, 2018, it was announced that 45-year-old Joseph Fulmore Jr. of Clarksville, Tennessee had been sentenced to three years of federal probation for making false statements in order to obtain public housing benefits. The defendant has also been ordered to perform 120 hours of community service. Fulmore was originally indicted on September 20, 2018. He pleaded guilty to the charge on February 2, 2018.
Court records show that on July 6, 2012, Fulmore submitted an application to lease a public housing unit, which was operated and maintained by the Clarksville Housing Authority. Federal regulations require that applicants complete an application for admission and continued occupancy as a part of the eligibility determination process. This includes disclosing all income, earnings and assets of those living in the unit.
In July of 2012, Fulmore applied for and received an FHA loan to purchase a single family home. The loan application listed income and assets not previously reported to the CHA. Fulmore purchased and moved into the single family home. He lived there until April 2014. During this time, the defendant continued making the reduced rental payments for the public housing unit. Again, Joseph Fulmore Jr. has been sentenced to three years of federal probation. Additional details can be found here.