ST. LOUIS • A federal grand jury has indicted an Ellisville woman on charges that she conducted a bankruptcy scheme and hid financial assets.
Julie A. Fish, 59, was indicted July 27 on one count each of bankruptcy fraud, making false statements in bankruptcy and concealment of bankruptcy assets. Fish appeared in a St. Louis federal court Friday.
Fish filed for bankruptcy in February, according to the indictment. She is accused of understating the value of her home in Ellisville by listing the value as $145,000, when it sold for $289,000.
Fish also allegedly either didn't list or understated the value of personal property by several thousand dollars, including clothing, furs and jewelry, according to the indictment. She also didn't list "several items" valuable jewelry she took to a local jewelry store to be sold on consignment as part of her preparation for bankruptcy filing.
Fish faces up to five years in prison and fines of $250,000 for each charge if she is convicted.
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