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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Former Machesney Park Man Pleads Guilty To Concealment Of Assets From A Bankruptcy Trustee

ROCKFORD — A former Machesney Park, Ill. man pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala to the concealment of assets from a Bankruptcy Trustee.  ROBERT J. YONKEE, JR., 55, now of Lake Geneva, Wis., filed a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition on Sept. 15, 2008, and by signing a Declaration verified his Petition, all his Schedules, and a Statement of Financial Affairs under penalty of perjury.  According to the written plea agreement, from Sept. 15, 2008 through at least May 8, 2009, Yonkee fraudulently concealed property from the bankruptcy trustee, including his ownership interest in: a business that sold auto parts, automobiles, and motorcycles; the United States Super Truck Racing Series; Bobby Yonkee Racing; as well as other inventory, merchandise, capital, vehicles, and motorcycles.

Yonkee faces a maximum penalty of 5 years’ imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from that offense, whichever is greater.  The judge may also impose a sentence of probation of one to five years, and a term of supervised release of up to three years.  The actual sentence will be determined by the United States District Court, guided by the Sentencing Guidelines.  Sentencing for Yonkee is set for April 2, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.

The guilty plea was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-In-Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.

Plea Agreement

Updated July 27, 2015