The former Perry County, Pennsylvania President Judge C. Joseph Rehkamp has recently filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Filings under this chapter as a proportion of total consumer filings have been steadily increasing since the 2005 bankruptcy reform law, which was intended to make it more difficult to discharge debt through bankruptcy and thereby prevent abuse.
According to the Perry County Times, the 62-year-old Rehkamp says his assets are valued at $5,982 on his bankruptcy petition. He lists his liabilities as totaling up to $914,830. He also lists a monthly income of $3,137 and monthly expenses of $2,971.
Rehkamp notes on his filing that after exempt property is excluded and administrative expenses paid, there is not likely to be any proceeds to go to unsecured creditors.
The attorney of Rehkamp's ex-wife has said that he is "astonished" that the $35,000 in back spousal support Rehkamp allegedly owes her was not listed in his bankruptcy filing and that his client was not informed of the filing. He noted, however, that alimony debt cannot be discharged by bankruptcy.