Posts Tagged: ‘Bankruptcy Fraud’

Former “Dance Moms” Star Abby Lee Miller Begins Prison Sentence for Bankruptcy Fraud

July 24, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Abby Lee Miller, star of the hit reality TV show “Dance Moms,” began her sentence in federal prison this month, more than a year after pleading guilty to fraud in a Pittsburg federal court.  Her sentence is 366 days in prison after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud and bringing in more than $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the United States, unreported.

Federal prosecutors charged that Miller was in the middle of Chapter 11 bankruptcy when she attempted to hide $775,000 in income from her Lifetime network reality show and its spinoffs.

The investigation was prompted after the bankruptcy judge in Miller’s case was channel-surfing one night and saw the reality star on TV in December 2012 and figured she had to be making more than the $8,899 in the monthly income she was claiming.

On a lighter note, Miller’s prison diet will be fruit, hot grits, whole wheat bread with jelly, and skim milk for breakfast; burgers with a choice of fries or a baked potato and fruit for lunch; and a deli sandwich or hummus wrap for dinner during her first week in prison, according to TMZ Live.

Bankruptcy trustees are experts at finding undisclosed cash, property, vehicles, boats, 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 includes fines and imprisonment of up to five years.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Sycamore Attorney Charged with Bankruptcy Fraud

December 28, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Kevin O. Johnson, also known as “K.O. Johnson,” was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bankruptcy fraud.  He is charged with four counts of bankruptcy fraud and four counts of making a false oath in a bankruptcy case under penalty of perjury, fraudulently withholding information pertinent to the case and concealing assets.

Johnson, whose practice included bankruptcy law, filed a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition on Dec. 31, 2011.  The indictment alleges that Johnson fraudulently concealed property from the bankruptcy trustee, creditors, and the United States Trustee, including complete information of about $1,790,000 of account receivables owed to Johnson by his present and former clients.

The indictment also charges Johnson with the following:

  • Failing to comply with a court order requiring him to turn over all proceeds from the collection of account receivables;
  • Having directed clients not to send any payments to the Bankruptcy Trustee and asking clients to sign misleading documents about the nature of payments they made, despite Johnson knowing that all future account receivable payments were required to be made to the Trustee;
  • Making false statements concerning his security interests and liens on the $1,790,000 of account receivables;
  • Removing invoices and fee agreements from client files;
  • Obstructing the Bankruptcy Trustee by omitting a bank account used to deposit a check received in payment of an account receivable owed to Johnson at the time he filed for bankruptcy.

Each charge in this case carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offense, whichever is greater.  The Court may also impose a sentence of probation of one to five years, and a term of supervised release of up to three years.

Bankruptcy trustees are experts at finding undisclosed cash, property, vehicles, boats, jewelry, antiques, and collectibles. If you are caught trying to conceal assets, the consequences are big. Your discharge will be denied, and you will be unable to discharge the debts you list in a subsequent bankruptcy filing.  In addition, you can face serious fines, even jail time.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Business Owners Convicted of Bankruptcy Fraud

August 26, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Two Louisiana business owners were convicted by a federal jury of concealing assets during their bankruptcy and making false statements under penalty of perjury.  According to the testimony, Brian and Debra Spurin filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in September 2005 and submitted various bankruptcy schedules and a statement of financial affairs, all signed as true and correct under penalty of perjury.

However, they failed to disclose real property as required, nor did they list all of the businesses they established and had an interest in, which included Golden Choice Financial, LLC; Golden Athletics Financial Services, LLC; J&S Management and Marketing, Inc.; and International Oil, Gas and Mineral Management, Inc.  The assets of these companies were never listed, including the home in which the couple lived in and the vehicles they used.

In total, the couple fraudulently concealed approximately $400,000 worth of assets from the bankruptcy proceeding.

The defendants each face a fine of $250,000, imprisonment for not more than five years, or both, for each count of concealment of bankruptcy estate assets and making a false statement under penalty of perjury.

Bankruptcy trustees are experts at finding undisclosed cash, property, vehicles, boats, 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, you can face serious fines, even jail time.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

‘Dance Moms’ Star Will Plead Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud

June 27, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Abby Lee Miller, star of the Lifetime network reality show, “Dance Moms” is scheduled to plead guilty to bankruptcy fraud and failure to report more than $10,000 worth of Australian currency she brought into the country.

Miller is accused of violating a law that requires people to report bringing more than $10,000 worth of foreign currency into the country.  Court documents also seek to have her forfeit at least $120,000- although prosecutors would not confirm whether that is the value of Australian currency she failed to report.

The outspoken reality star was first charged last year with illegally trying to hide $775,000 worth of income from “Dance Moms” and spinoff projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The investigation was prompted after the bankruptcy judge in Miller’s case was channel-surfing one night and saw the reality star on TV in December 2012 and figured she had to be making more than the $8,899 in the monthly income she was claiming.

The FBI and other agencies determined Miller hid more than $228,000 of income from appearances on “Dance Moms” and a spin-off, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” and nearly $550,000 more from personal appearances, dance sessions and merchandise sold through her personal website.

Bankruptcy trustees are experts at finding undisclosed cash, property, vehicles, boats, 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 includes fines and imprisonment of up to five years.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Former CEO of Monarch Mortgage indicted on seven counts in federal court, including bankruptcy fraud

June 21, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Edward “Ted” Yoder, former CEO of Monarch Mortgage, faced a federal judge on seven charges, including bankruptcy fraud. The judge told the former bank head that he did not qualify for a court-appointed attorney, for which tax dollars would pay.  Yoder was picked up by ten FBI agents, wearing a shirt that read, “Some guys have all the luck.”

Many people in Hampton Roads trusted him with their money for their most prized possession- their home.  Now he is being accused of illegally handling funds. Court records accuse Yoder of hiding money, property and investments collectively valued at more than one million dollars from bankruptcy trustees.

Essentially, the case alleges when Yoder filed for bankruptcy, he concealed some of his assets by hiding them in another person’s account.

Yoder’s co-conspirator, Susan Spearman, a woman who has already pled guilty in federal court, must cooperate in any additional grand juries or trials. According to court records, Yoder owned shares of SIRIUS stock, valued at about $350,000. On October 5, 2012, Yoder had those shares sold and netted $339,660.19. Right after that, the U.S. attorney says Yoder transferred most of that money to the woman who aided him: Susan Spearman.

Two months later for the purpose of “concealing the scheme,” Yoder filed for bankruptcy. The court documents said he “never disclosed the sale of the stock or the transfer to Spearman in his bankruptcy case.”  In addition, during this time as alleged in the statement of facts, Yoder told Spearman to transfer the money back to him.

Yoder maintains his innocence and has been a fixture on the Hampton Roads financial circuit for decades.  Some wonder if this will result in implications for the financial industry.

Yoder is expected back in court for his arraignment on June 22, 2016.

This should come as a warning to anyone who plans to hide assets from the bankruptcy court. Bankruptcy trustees are experts at finding undisclosed cash, property, vehicles, boats, 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 includes fines and imprisonment of up to five years.

Click here to read more on this story.

If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.