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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Covington Man Charged With Making a False Declaration In Connection With a Bankruptcy

NEW ORLEANS – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that PENH KANG (“KANG”), age 41, of Covington, Louisiana, was charged by a bill of information on August 25, 2020 with Making a False Declaration, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 152(3).

According to the bill of information, on or about the 12th day of September 2017, in the Eastern District of Louisiana, KANG, knowingly and fraudulently made a material false declaration, certificate and verification under the penalty of perjury, as permitted under Section 1746 of Title 28, in and in relation to a case under Title 11, In re Penh Kang, No.17-12431, by submitting a Schedules of Assets and Liabilities and a Statement of Financial Affairs, in which the defendant fraudulently answered questions, in that KANG failed to disclose gambling losses of approximately $40,000 to $60,000, an interest in two Capital One Bank accounts, and a $50,000 life insurance policy.

U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that the bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

If convicted, KANG faces a maximum penalty of five (5) years imprisonment, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office would also like to acknowledge the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the U.S. Trustee for the Eastern District of Louisiana with this matter. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba, Supervisor of the Financial Crimes Unit.

Updated August 26, 2020