Bankruptcy Petition Preparer indicted – Southern District of Illinois – Bankruptcy Court
Don’t overlook the importance of hiring a bankruptcy attorney to help you file bankruptcy. The attorney knows how to file the case, is experienced in case preparation, motion matters and how to address the issues with the court, the trustee and creditors. It’s often said, “you get what you pay for,” meaning spend the few extra bucks to make sure the job is done right. There are a number of bankruptcy preparation services out there, usually found online. I’ve seen these preparers brought into court on numerous occasions to question and sanction them for doing sloppy work, omissions, and even for giving legal advice when they are not an attorney.
A recent bankruptcy petition preparer was charged in the Southern District of Illinois for bankruptcy fraud. The full story can be viewed here from the department of justice.
Yesterday, a federal grand jury for the Southern District of Illinois returned an indictment charging Phebe Ibrahim, formerly known as “Phebe Khan,” 50, of St. Peters, MO, with 21 counts of bankruptcy fraud and related charges, announced Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Ibrahim was indicted as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s continuing effort to crackdown on those who commit fraud in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
An experienced bankruptcy attorney will gather all of the required information to properly fill out the bankruptcy schedules and documents required to be filed with your bankruptcy case. You will also be counseled on your assets and exemptions. Your attorney will also help insure your bankruptcy meeting goes smoothly, and will be there to offer assistance and support during routine questioning. They will help you finish up your case by filing any further required documents, and will help guide you to get a fresh start after filing for bankruptcy. A bankruptcy case is more than just filing paperwork, and your attorney is the cornerstone of your fresh start. We offer free consultations so you can feel comfortable with the attorney who will handle your bankruptcy filing.