Many individuals do not understand how serious the crime of bankruptcy fraud is, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) takes it very seriously. Abuse of the bankruptcy system undermines the rehabilitative purposes the system was created to promote. Without a watch dog to ensure the integrity of the bankruptcy system, the entire process would fail. The FBI promotes a website that allows individuals who suspect bankruptcy fraud to report it. The website is administered by the Department of Justice and the United States Trustees Program. According to the FBI, bankruptcy fraud occurs in four general ways:
- When a debtor conceals assets to avoid forfeiting them.
- When individuals file false or incomplete forms.
- When an individual files numerous times, either by using real information in several states or by using false information.
- When a court-appointed trustee is bribed.
The FBI webpage also states that bankruptcy fraud also often “involves other serious crimes such as mortgage fraud, identity theft, money laundering, and public corruption.” If you are considering filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case, let the attorneys at Levitt & Slafkes help. We help ensure that everything is properly filed in your case. We are bankruptcy lawyers who know how to make a difference in your financial situation. We have experience you can rely on and we care about your results. Contact our New Jersey law firm onlineby filling out the form or by calling 973-323-2953 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at Levitt & Slafkes, P.C..