July 17, 2008
UST Director Clifford J. White III Report to the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
Mr. White's remarks can be found here. One surprising comment is that the UST audits, while they were conducting them full blast in fiscal year 2007, found "at least one material misstatement" in 30% of the cases. I assume that the bulk of those are in pro per filings. That tends to prove, to me, that the goal of Congress (i.e., the Senator from MBNA) was to make bankruptcy filings too complicated to do without an attorney and much more expensive to do with an attorney. That has played a large part in the reduced filings the past few years since October 17, 2005. I'm not sure I could fill out the means test form myself, the famous B22, without the computer program I paid $1,300 for.
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Wow, one is actually surprised to find that the system is designed to purge the Court of mom and pop case in a biased manner toward counsel billable hours.
Who would have known?
Guess you guys missed the Congressional Testimony of Judge Cristol stating that the US Trustee program is a "pack of dogs" and the former US Trustee trial attorney Mary Powers reflecting before Congress that Director White and Director Friedman have done little to promote the integrity of the US Trustee program.
Posted by: Laser Haas | Jul 18, 2008 2:11:14 PM