Bankruptcy petition preparer in Goshen sentenced in U.S. District Court

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Ronya Phillips, age 47, of Goshen, was sentenced in U.S. District Court upon her plea of guilty to two counts of suborning perjury.

Phillips was sentenced to serve 18 months home detention.

According to documents in this case, Phillips was formerly a bankruptcy petition preparer  in the Northern District of Indiana.  In that capacity she prepared bankruptcy petitions and other documents for debtors who filed cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

As part of her guilty plea, Phillips admitted that she willfully suborned and procured individuals to commit perjury by submitting materially false declarations in federal bankruptcy proceedings.

Certain debtors and clients of Phillips reported that she had induced them to falsely state on their bankruptcy documents that they had paid her half of the amount they had actually paid her for her services.

Phillips also persuaded her clients to testify falsely under oath as to how much they had paid her when questioned by the bankruptcy trustee.

Finally, Phillips herself submitted false sworn statements in disclosures which only disclosed half of the amount of money she actually had received from clients.

“The U.S. Attorney’s office will vigorously enforce federal laws that govern the conduct of persons participating in the bankruptcy system and, as this case shows, we will prosecute individuals whose conduct undermines the integrity of the bankruptcy process,” said United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

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