United States v. Marston, No. 11-2100 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Defendant filed for bankruptcy. Defendant was later charged with bankruptcy fraud on the basis that she failed to include in the bankruptcy petition information related to her past fraudulent use of credit cards that she obtained under the names of two acquaintances, one of whom was Susan Blake. Defendant was subsequently convicted of two counts of bankruptcy fraud. The First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conviction as to Count One, which alleged that Debtor had knowingly and fraudulently failed and refused to disclose debts to three card issuers. The First Circuit held that Count One failed for lack of proof because the prosecution failed to establish that at the time the bankruptcy petition was filed, there were still extant claims held by the issuers against Defendant for merchandise or services Defendant secured through her use of the cards she procured using Blake's name.