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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Monday, September 30, 2013

Lancaster Woman Sentenced For Bankruptcy Fraud

MADISON, WIS. --John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Bonnie Block, 55, Lancaster, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to two years of probation and fined $1,000 for bankruptcy fraud.  Block pleaded guilty to this charge on July 22, 2013.

On May 19, 2011, Block filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 7 of the United States bankruptcy code and under oath claimed that she had disclosed all of her assets in her bankruptcy petition.  Subsequently, the United States Trustee discovered that Block had not disclosed $10,750 that she had in a personal checking account on the day that she filed for bankruptcy protection.  When questioned about this account, Block lied about how she spent the money.  Block's bankruptcy petition was subsequently denied by the bankruptcy court.

The charge against the defendant was the result of an investigation conducted by the Office of the United States Trustee and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul W. Connell. 

Updated July 14, 2015