Thursday, October 19, 2006
The Department of Justice announced a number of indictments for bankruptcy fraud as part of a program called "Operation Truth or Consequences." The charges are part of a nationwide "sweep" aimed at protecting the integrity of the bankruptcy system, including eighteen cases charged on October 17 and 69 prosecutions in total. According to the press release (here) issued by Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty:
Collectively, the Operation Truth or Consequences bankruptcy fraud sweep includes charges filed against nine attorneys, two bankruptcy petition preparers, and one former law enforcement officer; alleged concealment of more than $3 million in assets; use of false Social Security numbers and false identities; submission of forged documents and use of false statements; defrauding of individuals whose homes were in foreclosure; fraudulent receipt of government loans and benefits; and various other unlawful acts.
While certainly an important initiative, I wonder who is in charge with coming up with such hokey names for these prosecutorial efforts. (ph)