Curtis J. Jackson III better known as rapper, 50 Cent has been ordered back to bankruptcy court following a string of posts to his Instagram and Twitter accounts flaunting numerous piles of cash.
Jackson first filed for bankruptcy in July of last year. Since October, he has posted several pictures of himself with dozens of stacks of $100 bills on his Instagram account. In one post, he lined the stacks of bills up to spell out the word “broke,” seemingly to mock his bankruptcy filing.
Last Thursday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ann M. Nevins told the rapper’s attorney, “I’m concerned about allegations of nondisclosure or a lack of transparency in the case. There’s a purpose of having a bankruptcy process be transparent, and part of that purpose is to inspire confidence in the process. When that process becomes very public, the need for transparency, I believe, is even higher,” said Nevins.
Jackson’s attorney later issued a statement saying that his client would show up to court and answer all of the court’s questions. The statement also said, “Mr. Jackson has been forthcoming and transparent with all creditors.”
The issue was brought up in court papers filed in January by headphone maker Sleek Audio, SunTrust Bank and 50 Cent’s ex-girlfriend Lastonia Leviston, who claim the rapper owes them a combined $29 million. They also said he has posted videos of performances that he has probably gotten paid for and has not disclosed to the court. They also pointed out that the rapper never admitted he owned property in Africa, contrary to a post on his Twitter account.
This should come as a warning to anyone who plans to hide assets from the bankruptcy court and their attorney. Bankruptcy trustees are experts at finding undisclosed money, property, vehicles, jewelry, antiques, and collectibles. If you are caught trying to hide assets, the consequences are big. Your discharge will be denied, and you will be unable to discharge the debts you listed in a subsequent bankruptcy filing. In addition, the potential penalty for bankruptcy crimes include fines and imprisonment of up to five years.
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