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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sesser Man Sentenced for Bankruptcy Fraud


Earlier today, Scott L. Thompson, 45, of Sesser, IL, was sentenced in federal court in Benton, Illinois, on his bankruptcy fraud conviction, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. The court sentenced Thompson to one year of probation and ordered him to pay a fine and special assessment totaling $800. Thompson was indicted on February 2, 2016, as part of an effort to crackdown on those who commit fraud during the course of bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

"This case is part of our continuing efforts to prosecute those who use the Federal Bankruptcy Court system to defraud their creditors," Mr. Boyce explained.

The indictment charged Thompson with concealing assets in a bankruptcy case. When he pled guilty on June 15, 2016, Thompson admitted that he concealed from the Bankruptcy Court a $28,129 settlement he received for a worker’s compensation claim. Thompson also admitted that he concealed from the Bankruptcy Court his federal tax returns and failed to disclose those tax returns, as the Bankruptcy Court had ordered. Thompson’s chapter 13 bankruptcy case was filed and litigated in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Benton, Illinois.

"Criminal bankruptcy fraud threatens the integrity of the bankruptcy system, as well as public confidence in that system," stated Nancy J. Gargula, U.S. Trustee for Southern Illinois, Central Illinois and Indiana (Region 10). "I am grateful to U.S. Attorney Donald Boyce and our law enforcement partners for their commitment to combating bankruptcy-related crimes, as demonstrated by today’s sentencing." The U.S. Trustee Program is the component of the Justice Department that protects the integrity of the bankruptcy system by overseeing case administration and litigating to enforce the bankruptcy laws. Region 10 is headquartered in Indianapolis, with additional offices in South Bend, Ind., and Peoria, Ill.

The charges resulted from a referral by the U.S. Trustee and the investigation was conducted by agents from the Springfield Division, Fairview Heights Resident Agency, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") with assistance from members of the Southern District of Illinois Bankruptcy Fraud Working Group coordinated by the U.S. Trustee. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Scott A. Verseman.

Updated November 22, 2016