Missouri Woman Sentenced in Shreveport for False Bankruptcy Filing
A Missouri woman will serve 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release for making a false statement during a bankruptcy proceeding.
U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says 49-year-old Shelley Callahan of Clinton, Missouri, also has to pay nearly $22,000 in restitution.
After a three-day trial that ended on February 14, 2013, Callahan was found to have filed for bankruptcy protection on August 26, 2010, her eighth such filing in nine years. She falsely said she'd not given any gifts or made any payments to family members prior to filing.
In truth, she received more than $55,000 for a personal injury claim eight months before her latest bankruptcy filing. Instead of paying her creditors, she gave gifts during the Christmas season and gambling trips to casinos to her family.