Man gets probation for bankruptcy fraud after hiding ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ car replica from creditors

A Wisconsin man was sentenced to three years probation and a $1,000 fine for bankruptcy fraud Thursday after he tried hiding a pair of vintage cars from his creditors.

Bruce Polczynski, 57, of Minocqua, Wisconsin, lied to a U.S. bankruptcy trustee about the existence of his 1969 Dodge Charger painted to be a replica of the General Lee from the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show, as well as his 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

Polczynski’s deception did not hold up for long, and both vintage cars were seized and sold in order to pay back his creditors. Polczynski pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud on March 31.

Prosecutors say that Polczynski‘s story should serve as a deterrent to others trying to get away with bankruptcy fraud.

“Polczynski’s story, where he was quickly stripped of the assets he tried to hide, suffered the embarrassment of federal prosecution, and received a felony conviction, is a compelling cautionary tale for anyone considering bankruptcy fraud,” said U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin Timothy O’Shea in a statement.

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Minnesota Supreme Court approves disbarment of attorney after fraud conviction in bankruptcy scheme – Bemidji Pioneer

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court has approved an agreement disbarring former Willmar, Minnesota, attorney Gregory Ron Anderson from the practice of law for his felony conviction of fraud.

Gregory Anderson

Gregory Anderson

The Supreme Court issued a news release Tuesday, Jan. 3, stating that it had issued an order Dec. 30 in which it approved the disbarment as sought in a petition from the director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility for Anderson’s alleged professional misconduct.

Anderson, 63, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Dec. 7 to serve 18 months in prison for a conviction of fraud in the bankruptcy proceedings of former Kerkhoven Mayor James Rothers. Anderson must also serve a year of supervised release following his prison term and pay fines of $20,000.

The federal court found that Anderson had created fake liabilities to create the appearance that Rothers was insolvent when, in fact, Rothers could easily have paid all of his creditors, according to information from the U.S. District Attorney’s office.

Rothers pleaded guilty to fraud Dec. 13 and is serving two years of probation.

Anderson had agreed as part of a plea agreement in his case to voluntarily accept disbarment.

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