If you are facing debts you can’t repay, there are several options for individuals and businesses alike to permanently resolve those financial burdens. In many cases, filing for bankruptcy can be the most effective choice for people with common kinds of debt. For individuals, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are both very effective depending on the types of debt you hold, your income, and your ordinary, monthly living expenses. Behm Law Group, Ltd. attorneys offer expert legal advice and protection for individual consumers and businesses filing for Chapter 7, 12, and 13. We can work with you to determine if filing for bankruptcy will be the best way to find permanent debt relief in Windom, MN and the surrounding areas.
Since the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) was established in 2005, committing bankruptcy fraud has become more difficult. Three of the most famous cases of celebrity bankruptcy fraud after the BAPCPA was enacted were cases of tax evasion and asset hiding. Both illegal actions are common ways of using the bankruptcy process to deceptively protect assets while trying to obtain permanent debt relief.
Three famous cases attempted since the BAPCPA was passed in 2005 include:
- Lenny Dykstra: In 2008, retired MLB center fielder Lenny Dykstra filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. His petition listed less than $50,000 in assets and $10 million to $50 million in debt liabilities. He was quickly found to have hidden and sold more than $400,000 in assets. He entered a plea deal in 2009 and was sentenced to six months in a federal prison, 500 hours of community service, and a restitution fee of $200,000.
- Joe and Teresa Guidice: In 2009, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Guidice and her husband Joe Guidice filed bankruptcy. They reported over $10 million in debt and a liquidation auction was scheduled. They withdrew their petition before that date in 2010. In 2013, they were charged with conspiracy to commit wire, mail, and bankruptcy fraud, largely due to their failure to file tax returns for five years and their failure to report Teresa’s earnings from the housewives show. Teresa served 11 months in prison, and Joe completed his 41-month sentence in 2019. He is currently held in an ICE detention center awaiting deportation because he never acquired U.S. citizenship.
- Abby Lee Miller: Dance studio owner Abby Lee Miller (whose studio was featured in the reality show “Dance Moms”) filed a Chapter 11 case in 2010. She was quickly charged with bankruptcy fraud after assets she had hidden were discovered. Her charges also included perjury in court. Miller was sentenced to one year in federal prison, two years supervision after release, a $40,000 fine, and a $120,000 restitution fee.
All these cases of fraud are extreme examples, but they exemplify some of the most common methods of asset hiding, tax evasion, and falsification of forms. To learn more about using bankruptcy for legal permanent debt relief in Windom, MN, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. today at (507) 387-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.