Cedar Hill, Texas, Man Faces up to Five Years in Federal Prison for Making a False Statement in a Bankruptcy Petition Filing
DALLAS — Haywood Bernard Hall, 34, of Cedar Hill, Texas, appeared in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée Harris Toliver and pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement under penalty of perjury in a filing in a bankruptcy petition, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Hall, who remains on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for September 9, 2016, before Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn.
According to documents filed in the case, in November 2010, Hall filed a second voluntary bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Texas. In that petition, Hall knowingly and fraudulently made a material false statement, under the penalty of perjury, by causing a “Statement of Social Security,” (Form B21) to be filed that falsely represented his assigned Social Security number.
This case is one of several felony prosecutions of bankruptcy-related crimes generated by the Bankruptcy Fraud Initiative in the Northern District of Texas. Hall is the 15th defendant convicted since July 2014 as part of that initiative.
Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jarvis is in charge of the prosecution.