I’d never condemn someone for lying. Perhaps there is someone out there who has never lied, never told an untruth. But I haven’t met that person. Let me be clear, however. I don’t condone lying. But I can understand why someone would.
And I will give a person who asks me if he should lie in his bankruptcy petition this simple advice: don’t do it.
Amanda Boulware, apparently, was either not given that advice, or decided not to heed it.
Bankruptcy is a mechanism by which someone can make a fresh start. And I don’t think that anyone who has gotten in over their head financially because of unforeseen circumstances should have any qualms about using it. It isn’t a mechanism that should be abused, though. And I always kind of scratch my head when I hear about someone who has filed more than once. Amanda Boulware seems to have a different opinion. She filed for bankruptcy 16 times between 1995 and 2007, in three different districts.
What got her into trouble was that she didn’t disclose on her petition all her previous bankruptcy cases. That and violating an order prohibiting her from filing any bankruptcy petitions for five years. It took her only three months to violate that order. She’ll be spending 15 to 21 months in a federal jail.
You can read more about the case here: U.S. v. Boulware.
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