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Olympic Gold Medalist Marion Jones-Thompson Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements in Two Separate Federal Criminal Investigations
Date:10/5/2007

e letter-agreement specifically stated that Jones-Thompson was not immunized from prosecution for making false statements during the interview.

During the interview on Nov. 4, 2003, Jones-Thompson made false statements and concealed material facts by fraudulently stating that she had never seen or ingested a performance-enhancing drug known as "the clear," that she had never received the drug from Graham, and that she had never used any performance-enhancing drug. In her plea today, Jones-Thompson admitted that she had taken such drugs for approximately a year, beginning prior to the 2000 Olympic Games. She stated that while she did not realize at the time what she was using, she admitted that she realized by the end of 2003 that she had been given performance-enhancing drugs by a previous coach, and that she acted knowingly and willfully when she falsely denied, in 2003, having used such substances. Jones-Thompson faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each of the two false statements counts in the Superseding Information, for a total of 10 years.

The sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 11, 2008 before Judge Karas.

Mr. Garcia stated, "Deceiving federal agents in the course of their investigations disrupts and impedes the proper administration of justice and is a serious matter. Even if the truth is eventually uncovered, the lies throw investigators off track, waste time and resources, and create a real risk of a miscarriage of justice."

Mr. Schools stated, "The federal government will vigorously prosecute individuals who provide false statements to its agents. Individuals who lie to federal agents interfere with the government's ability to investigate criminal conduct and undermine the efficiency of government investigations."

Peter J. Smith, Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York ICE Office, said, "Marion Jones-Thompson lied to agents during an important financial investigation. The potential harm from the check
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