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

Monday, September 9, 2019

Ohio couple admits to filing inaccurate bankruptcy claim

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Larry E. Brown and Jacinta Jo Brown, both of Wintersville, Ohio, have admitted to a false bankruptcy charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Larry Brown, age 68, and Jacinta Brown, age 65, each pled guilty to one count of “False Bankruptcy Declaration.” The Browns admitted to fraudulently omitting an interest in an ongoing claim against a corporation, as required by law.

The Browns each face up to five years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Finucane is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. 

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided.

Updated September 9, 2019