Wisconsin Man Sentenced for Bankruptcy Fraud

Brett Pohle, 45, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail, a $5,000 fine, and four years of supervised release for bankruptcy fraud according to United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil.  Pohle was also ordered to pay restitution back to his bankruptcy creditors by United States District Judge William Conley,

Pohle, of Neillsville, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to concealing assets in his Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing on June 14, 2013.  He admitted to convincing another individual to sign a false bill to support Pohle’s story that he had sold a recreational camper to him, when in reality, Pohle still owned the camper.  The value of the camper was only $4,800 but Judge Conley believed sentencing was appropriate because Pohle’s crime “went to the heart of bankruptcy system and the justice system.”

Pohle also convinced the same man to commit perjury in February 0f 2011 in before the federal grand jury that was investigating the case.  According to Pohle’s attorney, he was charged with the mildest form of witness tampering because it did not involve coercion or threats.

Judge Conley gave Brett Pohle an October 6, 2013 reporting date to a jail that will be determined later by a court order.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the United States Trustee’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Meredith Duchemin was the prosecuting attorney.

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