United States v. Persfull, No. 10-1188 (7th Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
The same day that debtor discharged his debts in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, his mother, died, leaving debtor and his brother equal shares in an estate. Debtor signed a disclaimer of his interest, but never told the trustee about his inheritance. Following a series of transactions between the brothers and various accounts, the U.S. Attorney's office launched an investigation, and the brothers were charged with bankruptcy fraud (18 U.S.C. 157(3)). Debtor was also charged with impeding a bankruptcy trustee in the course of his duties (18 U.S.C. 152(1)) and fraudulently concealing assets. The Seventh Circuit affirmed. The circumstantial evidence was sufficient for a reasonable jury to find that the brothers engaged in a fraudulent scheme. The court also rejected a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel.