Pilger Man Sentenced For Bankruptcy Fraud
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Jeffrey L. Eckert, age 55, of Pilger, Nebraska, was sentenced for his conviction for making a false oath in a bankruptcy proceeding. Chief United States District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Eckert to 5 years of probation and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $50,142.66. Eckert was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service during the first two years of his term of probation.
Eckert filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition in the District of Nebraska, but his case was later converted to a Chapter 7. At the time of the initial Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing, Wells Fargo Bank was a creditor which was fully secured by assets owned by Eckert. However, after the case was converted to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Wells Fargo Bank learned that some of its collateral had been sold or otherwise disposed of by Eckert. When he was questioned under oath at the first meeting of creditors in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, Eckert made false statements about the manner in which he disposed of the bank’s collateral.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.