Bankruptcy Fraud: Staying Out Of Trouble

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Recently, I wrote here about the story of Jennifer McKinney (the mommy blogger known as MckMama) and her alleged fraud on the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Minnesota. In short, Jennifer and Israel McKinney filed bankruptcy, claiming nearly $750,000 in debts, while failing to disclose the extent of their assets and income.

The bankruptcy trustee has asked the court for a denial of discharge of the McKinneys’ debts, based on false disclosures, lack of disclosure, manipulation of income, and destruction of records. In particular, Jennifer McKinney is accused of falsely claiming her blogging income is $1,500 per month, while she was depositing at least $7,000 to $10,000 per month to her bank account. She reported to the bankruptcy court that her income for 2011 was $55,000, while the records for that year show more than $148,000 of income. In addition, certain assets including cash, accounts receivable, personal property, and (very valuable) domain names and websites were not disclosed in the bankruptcy filing. Continue reading