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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Killing in Wisconsin Was Motivated by Judicial Matter, Attorney General Says

The attorney general of Wisconsin said that a 68-year-old man was killed in his home on Friday in a shooting that appeared to be motivated by a judicial matter, and that others might have been targeted in connection to the case.

Josh Kaul, the attorney general, said in a news conference that the shooting appeared to be “based on some sort of court case or court cases.” He added that “we are not aware of any evidence indicating that there is any active danger to other individuals.”

While Mr. Kaul did not identify the man who had died, an official identified the victim of the shooting as John Roemer, who had served as a judge in Juneau County for several years.

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The killing unfolded early Friday morning in New Lisbon, a small, rural town in central Wisconsin. Around 6:30 a.m., according to authorities, the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office received a call that said an armed individual was at a New Lisbon home and that two shots had been fired. The person who contacted the police had left the home and called from a nearby house.

Police officers who responded

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