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Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

18 BK 09130, 19 AP 00626
The Trustee filed an adversary proceeding against Byline Bank alleging conversion and violation of the automatic stay because the bank cashed cashier’s checks for the Debtor and his sister that the Debtor purchased pre-petition. The sister, an attorney, claimed that the funds represented legal fees she earned representing the Debtor and entities he controlled.
The United States Attorney indicted the Debtor, his sister and others for bankruptcy fraud and other crimes. The court stayed the adversary proceeding to allow the criminal case to proceed first.  The Trustee filed a motion asking that his adversary proceeding proceed immediately.
The court denied the Trustee’s motion ruling, in part, that proceeding on this civil matter first could jeopardize the rights of the defendants in the criminal case to assert their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because Byline Bank wants to depose them in this matter.

Judge Donald R. Cassling

20 B 09807, 20 A 00340

Judge Deborah L. Thorne

In re Bessie Robinson
September 13, 2021

21-07774

Judge LaShonda A. Hunt

In re: Isidro M. Alcantar
September 10, 2021

19bk24926
Chapter 7 debtor who already received his discharge moved to convert to a chapter 13 and repay his discharged debts without seeking to vacate the discharge order.  Relief was denied because debtor could not demonstrate statutory eligibility to be in a chapter 13 or good-faith motives.

Judge Timothy A. Barnes

18bk19801, 18ap00837
Upon the judgment creditor’s complaint for determination of nondischargeability of debt pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §§ 523(a)(2)(A) and (a)(4) based on the Debtor’s alleged fraud with respect to creation and execution of a power of attorney for her father while he was in a rest home, followed by producing said power of attorney to withdraw funds held in a joint back account for Debtor’s father and his wife, held:  The plaintiff has satisfied the elements of section 523(a)(2)(A) by proving that the debt due to the plaintiff was procured by actual fraud and is, therefore, nondischargeable.  Judgment is entered in favor of the plaintiff on count I of the complaint.  The plaintiff, however, failed to establish that the debt due to her was procured through larceny and judgment is entered in favor of the Debtor on count II of the complaint.

Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

In re: Adetayo Adegoke
August 20, 2021

19 B 34092

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