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Bankruptcy Fraud Defense Attorney

Why have thousands of clients chosen Oberheiden P.C.?

  1. Only Sr. Attorneys– We don’t employ paralegals, Jr. Attorneys, or Secretaries. You will work directly with a Sr. Attorney who will keep you apprised on a regular basis regarding the details of your case.
  2. We Know The Government’s Playbook– Many of our attorneys previously worked for the government as federal prosecutors. Understanding the tricks, goals, and strategies of the opposing side gives us an advantage as we prepare our defense.
  3. We Have Secret Weapons– Our team of Former FBI, IRS, DEA, OIG, and Secret Service agents will use their experience in espionage, business investigations, and cyber forensics to find the nuanced details that can sometimes be the difference between a win or jail time.
  4. Unrivaled Results– While we have many tools at our disposal, our greatest asset is our notable experience fighting the government. This experience has given us the privilege of winning over 2,000 cases on behalf of our clients.

I encourage you to compare our experience, results, and team with any local or national firm.

When you’ve been defending clients for as long as we have, there’s no trick we haven’t seen, likely no tactics we haven’t countered and no strategy we haven’t circumvented many times before.

If your reputation, livelihood, freedom, or career is at stake, call us today for a free consultation.

We will help you clearly understand what your options are and the best path forward.

Call now to confidentially discuss the details of your case: 888-680-1745

Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Bankruptcy Overview

Bankruptcy is a broad concept. In simple terms, individuals and entities file for bankruptcy protection in order to establish an agreeable way with their creditors to pay accrued debts. There are several different types of bankruptcy companies or individuals can file –

  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: Often referred to as “straight bankruptcy” and commonly used by individuals filing for bankruptcy (although corporations can also file for Chapter 7). Chapter 7 bankruptcy involves a liquidation of an individual’s or entity’s assets in order to pay creditors.
  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings are most often used by large corporations. Chapter 11 proceedings do not involve straight liquidation of assets, but rather a reorganization of an entity’s payment plan to creditors. By filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, entities are able to keep their operations going while negotiating a payment plan with their relevant creditors.
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Chapter 13 bankruptcy is similar to Chapter 11, but it is commonly used by individuals, not companies. Under chapter 13 proceedings, individuals do not liquidate their assets but work with their creditors to establish a payment plan in which to pay their owed debts.

Criminal Bankruptcy Fraud

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Filing for bankruptcy is supposed to be a mechanism for individuals or companies to protect certain assets while establishing a re-payment plan or corporate restructuring plan in order to lessen owed debts. Unfortunately, companies and individuals can perpetrate fraud in their bankruptcy filings and subject themselves to potential criminal and civil consequences. Criminal bankruptcy fraud cases are prosecuted at the Federal level under 18 U.S.C 157. Generally, under 18 U.S.C 157, if an individual or entity knowingly makes a false statement or conceals relevant information relating to a bankruptcy filing, these acts are considered bankruptcy fraud. If filing for bankruptcy, a company or individual must disclose all assets to the bankruptcy court. The most common form of bankruptcy fraud is when assets are concealed from the court in order to prevent their distribution to creditors. Individuals convicted of bankruptcy fraud can face a prison sentence of up to 5 years under the Federal statute. A bankruptcy court can also issue a fine of up to $250,000 per count of charged bankruptcy fraud.

Generally, individuals are investigated for bankruptcy fraud before being charged. Individuals who receive a request for documents, such as a Grand Jury Subpoena that requests documents surrounding the bankruptcy filing should be aware they are being looked at for potential violations of the bankruptcy fraud statute. A federal agent could also show up at your home requesting you speak with him or her about the alleged fraud. If you suspect you are under investigation for potential criminal bankruptcy fraud, it is critical you speak with an experienced federal defense attorney.

Civil Bankruptcy Fraud

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Individuals and entities that commit bankruptcy fraud can also face civil penalties. As stated above, the goal of a successful bankruptcy filing is to essentially alleviate a company’s or individual’s debts to creditors. Once a bankruptcy proceeding is incomplete, creditors can no longer come after a company’s or individual’s debts and must abide by the court-issued repayment plan or debt discharge. However, if fraud is committed during the bankruptcy proceeding, courts do not restrict a creditor from coming after assets and a creditor may civilly sue the company or individual who committed the fraud.

Recent Bankruptcy Fraud Cases Prosecuted by DOJ:

  • A woman in Illinois was indicted for bankruptcy fraud. According to the indictment, the woman concealed a significant stream of her income from the bankruptcy court. The woman is alleged to have received almost $100,000 in workers’ compensation the month prior to her filing for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy petition filed by the woman did not disclose her worker’s compensation earnings. If convicted, the woman faces a potential prison sentence of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
  • A woman in New Jersey was sentenced to 15 months in prison for her role in a bankruptcy fraud scheme. According to sentencing documents, the woman filed for bankruptcy and at first, properly disclosed all of her assets. However, about a month after filing for bankruptcy, the woman was gifted ownership of invaluable property. The woman did not update the bankruptcy court regarding the new property asset she acquired. The woman’s bankruptcy case proceeded under the guise that she had disclosed all of her significant assets. In addition to her prison sentence, the woman was also required to pay a $200,000 fine.
  • A former Major League Baseball player was sentenced to spend 6 months in prison after being convicted of bankruptcy fraud. According to sentencing documents, the former MLB player stated he only had $50,000 in assets while having over $10,000,000 in liabilities on his bankruptcy petition. It was discovered that the MLB player actually had more than $8 million in cash that he tried to conceal from the bankruptcy court. In addition to his prison sentence, the MLB player had to pay a fine of $250,000.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Bankruptcy Fraud Defense Attorneys of Oberheiden P.C.

If you are being investigated for bankruptcy fraud charges, reach out to the federal bankruptcy fraud attorneys of Oberheiden P.C. today.

Why Clients Trust Oberheiden P.C.

  • 2,000+ Cases Won
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