A 64 year old Houston man, James Maceo Ramey, was recently sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for 25 counts of fraudulent activity. Ramey was charged with bankruptcy fraud after an investigation proved he had filed 15 different bankruptcy cases in less than five years, all in different jurisdictions. Under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy laws, an individual is prohibited from filing bankruptcy more than one time in an eight-year period, regardless of the jurisdictions.
During the period of Ramey’s bankruptcy scandal, he was conducting an Internet gold scheme as well. Ramey launched a website under a fake business name, “Manhattan Gold, Inc.” The website solicited the selling of numerous gold items, most in the form of coins, all of which, Ramey had no possession of or intent to actually distribute to consumers. During the gold scandal Ramey profited some $400,000, all of which he did not claim in any of the bankruptcy cases he filed.
After five days of deliberation, Ramey was convicted on all 25 counts. Eight of those counts were mail fraud, due to the Internet gold scheme. The other 17 counts were due to false oaths and declarations, concealment of assets, and conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud.
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