Creditors Line Up in the McKinney Bankruptcy


Jennifer McKinney, (Morally) Bankrupt Blogger

I’ve written previously about the bankruptcy of Jennifer “MckMama” McKinney and her husband Israel McKinney of Kieran’s Contracting. Jennifer was once a popular mommy blogger at and

Until the United States Bankruptcy Court got her number and decided to take action on allegations of fraud.

Jennifer Howe Sauls McKinney has a colorful history of lying to the internets about all sorts of things, most notably her debts and her alleged repayment of said debts. Continue reading

On Buying a House During Bankruptcy


The new MckMama McKinney house

Recently, watchers of the MckMama train wreck were treated to the news that blogger Jennifer McKinney has bought a home. This lovely home in West Salem, Wisconsin, was most recently on the market at $289,900.

Jennifer “MckMama” McKinney bought the home under a contract for deed arrangement, also called a land contract. She paid $20,000 up front, with a balance of $282,500 to be paid monthly with annual interest at 6.95%. The contract matures on April 15, 2013, which means she must pay in full at that time or lose her downpayment and lose the house. Continue reading

MckMama Bankruptcy Case Update


There is little news to report in the bankruptcy case of Jennifer Sauls McKinney and Israel McKinney. In May, bankruptcy trustee Gene Doeling filed Case 12-06024, objecting to the discharge of the McKinney’s bankruptcy and alleging that the McKinneys made false and misleading disclosures in their bankruptcy filing.

The summons in the case gave the McKinneys 30 days to file an answer. According to Pacer, the site on which documents in federal cases are made available to the public, no response has been filed. Why not? It’s hard to say, but the logical conclusion might be that MckMama and MckDaddy have no real defenses to the allegations made by Mr. Doeling. Continue reading

Bankruptcy Fraud: Getting Out of Trouble


Got fraud? If you find yourself being accused of a fraud on the bankruptcy court like Jennifer MckMama McKinney (i.e. falsified, misleading, destroying, manipulating, etc.), what can you do? If you could turn back the hands of time, I would tell you to be honest and fully disclose everything in your bankruptcy filing.

But once the wheels of fraud are in motion, it’s awfully hard to stop them.

One of the techniques used by debtors trying to save their skin after red flags of fraud have been uncovered by the bankruptcy trustee is an attempt to dismiss the bankruptcy case. This move makes little difference in a case of suspected fraud. The bankruptcy is likely going to be denied anyway, so asking to have the bankruptcy dismissed does not get the debtor ahead. And a debtor can’t just automatically get a bankruptcy dismissed. The judge decides whether the bankruptcy can be dismissed. Continue reading

MckMama Bankruptcy Update: Trustee Files Motion Objecting to Exempt Property


Whether or not you are a reader of MckMama (or mommy blogs in general), this post has good information on bankruptcy fraud.  Last week we looked at the bankruptcy filing of Jennifer Howe Sauls McKinney and Israel McKinney, and discussed the many red flags of fraud that have been detected. Jennifer / MckMama has made a very public spectacle of her life, her finances, and her many money-making scams on her blog My Charming Kids, and things may finally be catching up to her.

Today the bankruptcy trustee filed a motion objecting to exempt property, essentially asking the judge to order that certain assets are NOT exempt from the bankruptcy. What does this mean? Continue reading

MckMama Fraud: Jennifer McKinney Bankruptcy


Jennifer McKinney Bankruptcy MckMama McMama ScamOnce upon a time, there was a popular mommy blogger named Jennifer McKinney. She called herself MckMama, and had a blog called My Charming Kids. She was not noteworthy in any way – – until her fourth pregnancy took a turn for the worse. Her unborn son Stellan was determined to have a heart condition, and with pleas for prayer, Jennifer’s popularity skyrocketed.

The My Charming Kids blog (with McKinney’s “MSC” or “Many Small Children” as the focus) became so popular that at its height, Jennifer was grossing at least $150,000 to $175,000 per year from advertising and money-making gimmicks.

Questions Raised

Not content to post pictures of her kids and stories about everyday life, Jennifer McKinney was determined to live the high life, and pimp out herself, her family, and her blog to maximize her earnings.  She appeared to have it all: great kids, a happy marriage, a beautiful house, a luxury vehicle, media opportunities, trips, and much more. Continue reading