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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lynchburg Man Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA – A Lynchburg man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to a federal bankruptcy fraud charge, according to United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr.

Randall K. Falwell, 56, of Lynchburg, Va., waived his right to be indicted and pled guilty yesterday to a one count Information charging him with bankruptcy fraud. At sentencing, Falwell faces a maximum possible sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.

“The bankruptcy laws of the United States are designed to help those in need get out of debt and emerge from dire circumstances,” United States Attorney Fishwick said. “Bankruptcy fraud is a real crime with real circumstances and those who commit these offenses should be warned, if you lie in your bankruptcy proceedings, we will prosecute you.”

According to evidence presented at yesterday’s hearing by Special Assistant United States Attorney Kari Munro, Falwell, knowingly and fraudulently made a false statement under oath and in relation to a Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding.  Specifically, Falwell falsely claimed that he owned partial interests in real property without disclosing to the bankruptcy trustee that he had sold the properties some months earlier. 

The investigation of the case was conducted by United States Trustee’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jennie L. M. Waering and Special Assistant United States Attorney Kari Munro prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated December 13, 2016