Bankruptcy Court Finds Dozens of Holes in Monk's Case
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Bankruptcy Court Finds Dozens of Holes in Monk’s Case

January 23, 2011


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SHARE reports that the proceedings of the bankruptcy case of a Catholic monk in Galesburg, Illinois, has led to the discovery of an alarming number of inconsistencies by the bankruptcy court.

First, sources note, the man in question is known under so many names it has been difficult to determine what he is legally called. Though he filed his bankruptcy petition under the name Ryan St. Anne Scott, the monk apparently introduced himself at one bankruptcy hearing as Ryan Patrich Scott. However, in a bankruptcy petition he filed on behalf of his failed Holy Rosary Abbey, his name was listed as Fr. Ryan P. (St. Anne) Scott.

On the man’s driver’s license, his name is Ryan Patrich Scott Gevelinger; on his birth certificate, it’s Rendell Dean Stocks. Quizzed by the bankruptcy court on why so many names were attributed to him, Scott apparently told a story that didn’t match up with previous accounts of his name changes.

Among the reasons he listed for name shifts were a recent adoption (he is in his fifties; the adoptive mother in question is reportedly in her eighties) and a witness protection maneuver carried out by the Catholic Church but not filed with the Social Security Administration.

However, the bankruptcy court soon found that even the story behind the witness protection name change varied, depending on when Scott recounted it, and to what audience.

Unsurprisingly, sources note that Scott’s bankruptcy lawyer requested permission to withdraw from the case, after realizing that Scott had not provided complete and accurate information in his bankruptcy petition and schedules. The lawyer was apparently concerned about upholding his legal obligations of “candor and truthfulness” while representing the duplicitous (triplicitous?) Scott.

At present, Scott’s bankruptcy is in its early stages; he has been granted time by the court to find a new lawyer to represent him. Once the proceedings get underway, though, Scott could face charges of bankruptcy fraud from the court, particularly if his lawyer’s concerns turn out to be well founded.

Bankruptcy fraud is a federal offense and can come with fines of up to $250,000 and up to five years in prison.

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