Ohio couple indicted for filing inaccurate bankruptcy claim
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Larry E. Brown and Jacinta Jo Brown, both of Wintersville, Ohio, were indicted today by a federal grand jury on a false bankruptcy charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Larry Brown, age 68, and Jacinta Brown, age 64, were each indicted on one count of “False Bankruptcy Declaration.” The Browns are accused of 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.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.