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Judge Timothy A. Barnes

13 B 30975, 13 A 01294
Upon a creditor’s complaint seeking a determination that a debt allegedly owed by the debtor to the creditor is nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2) and (a)(6), wherein the creditor alleged that the debtor withheld monies from the creditor through false pretenses, false representations or actual fraud and that the debt was the result of willful and malicious injury by the debtor, and seeking a denial of the debtor’s discharge under 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(4) and (a)(5), wherein the creditor alleged that the debtor failed to disclose all income in his bankruptcy petition and failed to account for a loss or deficiency of assets, held: The creditor has not proved by a preponderance of the evidence that a debt was incurred by false pretenses, false representation, or actual fraud or was the result of willful and malicious injury by the debtor as is required under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2) and (a)(6). As a result, the debt is dischargeable. Likewise, the creditor has failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the debtor knowingly and fraudulently concealed income or assets on his bankruptcy petition, elements of 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(4). The creditor also failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the debtor’s explanation as to any loss of assets or deficiency of assets to meet the debtor’s liabilities is unsatisfactory, pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(5). As a result, the debtor will not be denied a discharge on the grounds alleged. Judgment is entered in favor of the debtor on all counts.

Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

12 B 40168, 13 A 01199

14 B 11873

In re: Faye T. Pantazelos
October 29, 2015

15 B 08916

Judge Carol A. Doyle

In re Michael H. Wasserman
December 16, 2015

15 B 24318

14 B 30261, 15 A 00559

Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

In re Richard Sharif
November 25, 2015

09 B 05868
In this case, the sister of the Debtor, as the purported executrix of their mother’s (Soad Wattar) testamentary estate, seeks an order vacating a five-year old order directing the turnover of property (the “2010 Motion”) alleged to be the mother’s. The movant argued that the court lacked personal jurisdiction because the mother’s estate was not served with the 2010 Motion.
The movant seeks relief from the bankruptcy court, while contending that it does not consent to the court’s jurisdiction over any state court claims.

On August 5, 2010, the court ordered two financial institutions to turn over to the Chapter 7 Trustee funds held in certain investment accounts and directed the Debtor to account for and turn over to the Trustee all interests and accounts concerning him or the Soad Wattar Revocable Living Trust (the “2010 Order”). The court also ordered the Debtor and his sisters not to interfere with and to cease any act to exercise control over property of the bankruptcy estate, including life insurance policies.

The movant now argues that the 2010 Order is void, seeking redress pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b)(4), made applicable under Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9024.

The Court denied the motion to vacate the 2010 Order. The movant did not provide evidence that it is a party that was entitled to notice of the 2010 Motion or that the property dealt with in the 2010 Order belonged to a testamentary estate. The will submitted to the Court transferred all of the decedent’s property to a revocable living trust which was held, pursuant to a default judgment in Wellness International Network Ltd. a/k/a WIN, et al. v. Sharif, adversary proceeding no. 09-00770, in 2010, to be the alter ego of the Debtor.

The Court’s finding that the trust was the Debtor’s alter ego was appealed to the District Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar