A Wisconsin man was sentenced to six months in jail for lying under oath at a personal bankruptcy hearing, according to the state's Department of Justice.
The defendant, Edward Fedosky of Madison, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October 2006 to discharge about $19,000 he owed to multiple creditors. In the year-and-a-half that followed, Fedosky failed to provide requested documentation to the bankruptcy court and did not appear at a series of scheduled hearings.
In March 2008 Fedosky finally showed up at a court hearing. At that time, authorities say he falsely testified under oath that he had provided a tax return to a bankruptcy trustee that in fact had never been delivered. When the court discovered he had lied, Fedosky's bankruptcy case was dismissed without an order to discharge his debts.
Fedosky pleaded guilty to lying under oath in May. At the hearing, U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb sentenced the defendant to six months in prison, followed by a two-year period of supervised released.
There were 29,128 bankruptcy petitions filed in Wisconsin in 2010, according to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court website. That's a notable increase from 2009, when the state saw 23,085 filings.