Evidence from a Lawsuit can be used in Criminal Court

In Vernon Christian’s case, evidence of his forgery in a civil lawsuit was used against Vernon in his criminal forgery case.  

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Qualifying for an Expungement

To qualify for an expungement in Missouri, seven (7) years must have passed from when the defendant was charged and convicted of the crime.

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Hospital Files for Bankruptcy

Americore Health and its four affiliated hospitals in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas filed for Chapter 11 protection, Becker’s Hospital Review reported. The three of the hospitals listed in the bankruptcy petition are: Ellwood Medical Center in Ellwood City, Alexius Hospital in St. Louis and Izard County Medical Center in Calico Rock, Ark. According to the bankruptcy petition, Americore’s affiliate hospitals have faced financial troubles for months. Most recently, Ellwood Medical Center shut down on December 10, 2019, laid off 152 employees, and fell behind on payroll.

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Kansas Farmer Grows Bankruptcy Fraud Scheme

Wichita Kansas prosecutors say they plan to seek more than $2.1 million in restitution from a Kansas farmer who pled guilty to crop insurance and bankruptcy fraud, reported AP News.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Kevin Struss, of rural WaKeeney, Kansas, entered the guilty plea in federal court. Struss admitted that he created a scheme to fraudulently collect crop insurance benefits by underreporting his corn production. The crop insurance fraud charge stems from false reports in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Struss also admitted he lied about transferring $470,000 to someone three months prior to filing for bankruptcy in April 2018. If you are considering bankruptcy, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at Hoorfarlaw.com.

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Rapper “Trick Daddy” Files for Bankruptcy

“Love & Hip Hop: Miami” star and rapper Trick Daddy has filed for bankruptcy, listing over $800,000 owed to creditors, The Blast reported. According to court documents, the rapper filed for chapter 13 bankruptcy on August 6, 2019. This is his fourth bankruptcy filing; the first three cases were dismissed before his debt was discharged. He lists his assets as his home in Miramar, Florida, worth $350,000, $1,500 in household goods and $150 in clothes. Trick Daddy has $0 in his checking account and $5,000 worth of stock in his Trick & Rick Music Publishing company. His debts include $435,682 owed to Fannie Mae related to his Florida home, $12,000 to his homeowner’s association, $57,119 in back child support and $290,000 to the IRS.

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Fake Name, Real Sanctions

Florida state permits lawyers to do business using a fictitious law firm name with disclosures required under Bankruptcy Rule 2014. Because the retained lawyers did not disclose the details of their relationship under the rule, newly appointed Bankruptcy Judge John T. Dorsey sanctioned them $55,000.

In two opinions, Judge Dorsey let the lawyers off the hook for more severe sanctions because they were not bankruptcy lawyers and thus were “not accustomed to the stringent disclosure requirements mandated by the Bankruptcy Rules.”

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Crying Wolf and Bankruptcy Judges

An attorney who repeatedly made unsubstantiated allegations that a federal Tennessee bankruptcy judge communicated outside her courtroom with lawyers about pending cases was slapped Tuesday with a two-year suspension in the Eastern District of Tennessee, reported by Law360.


U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves suspended Elliott J. Schuchardt after finding that he violated the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Eastern District of Tennessee’s Local Rules for his conduct in relation to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Suzanne Bauknight.

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Houlihan’s Restaurant Chain Files for Bankruptcy

The private-equity backed operator of the Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar chain has filed for bankruptcy protection with a deal in-hand to sell the casual dining chain to fellow restaurant operator Landry’s Inc. for $40 million and assumption of some liabilities, WSJ Pro Bankruptcy reported. Houlihan’s Restaurant Inc. and its affiliates blamed their chapter 11 filing on several factors that have stressed the casual dining sector in recent years including raising lease costs, a tighting labor market and “the rapid growth in costly third-party delivery.” The bankruptcy comes little more than a year after the business acquired more than a dozen Houlihan’s location. Private-equity firm York Capital Management and former president of Applebee’s and TGI Friday’s, Mike Archer, acquired Houlihan’s in 2015. According to court papers filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., Houlihan’s has $80 million in assets and $76.9 million of liabilities.

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WeWork’s Loss Balloons to $1.25 Billon

Office-space startup WeWork lost $1.25 billion in the third quarter of 2019, as expenses far outpaced revenue growth, draining the company’s cash ahead of a bailout by SoftBank Group Corp. last month, the Wall Street Journal reported. We Co., as the parent company is officially known by, said in a report to debtholders that revenue surged 94 percent in the three months ended Sept. 30 to $934 million compared with the year-earlier period. WeWork’s prior record loss posted in the second quarter for a total of $638 million and is more than double the $497 million loss reported in same year-earlier period. Once considered the most valuable startup in the U.S. with a valuation of $47 billion, WeWork’s attempt to go public was eventually canned due to concerns over mounting losses, as well as the erratic management style of the now-departed chief executive, Adam Neumann, which eventually lead to him being ousted as CEO.

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Washington County businessman gets prison in tax, bankruptcy, unemployment schemes

A judge has sent Washington County business owner George Retos Jr., 71, to federal prison for a year and a day for conspiracy to defraud the IRS and filing a false bankruptcy declaration in connection with his companies, reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The owner of Prime Plastics and Plastic Power in Washington, Pa., also received a two-year probationary term when he gets out via U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab. In addition to the IRS and bankruptcy frauds, he accepted responsibility for a wire fraud charge in another scheme to fleece the Pennsylvania unemployment compensation system. He did not plead to that charge, but in federal court defendants acknowledge the conduct described in additional counts even if they don’t plead, which can then be used at sentencing. Retos and a person only identified as N.R. in the court records, the nominal president of Plastic Power acting solely at Retos’ direction, failed to pay the IRS payroll and employer taxes for the two plastics companies. Retos has a long history of tangling with the IRS dating back to the 1990s.

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