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Former Machesney Park Man Sentenced To 8 Months In Federal Prison For Concealment Of Assets From A Bankruptcy Trustee

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

ROCKFORD — A former Machesney Park, Ill. man was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala for concealing assets from a Bankruptcy Trustee.  The defendant, ROBERT J. YONKEE, JR., 56, now of Lake Geneva, Wis., was sentenced to 8 months in federal prison, to be followed by 1 year of supervised release, and was ordered to a fine of $1,000. 

In pleading guilty to the charge on Jan. 14, 2015, Yonkee admitted he 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.

The sentencing 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 the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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

Updated July 23, 2015