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Two men charged in separate bankruptcy fraud schemes | USAO-PR

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Jorge Droz Yapur and Yamil Fonseca Salgado have been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with separate bankruptcy fraud schemes, Puerto Rico U.S. District Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announced.

Jorge Droz Yapur was indicted in a bankruptcy fraud scheme for making material misrepresentations from May 2019 to August 2021 to defraud creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, In re: Jorge Droz YapurCase No. 19-02999 (MCF), all in violation of 18 USC § 157. Additionally, he is charged with nine counts of concealing assets during his bankruptcy proceedings in violation of 18 USC § 152, and of eight counts statements relating to such bankruptcy proceedings, in violation of 18 USC § 152.

The indictment alleges that during his bankruptcy proceedings, Jorge Droz Yapur concealed assets and income using a bank account in the name of his adult son. He further alleges that Jorge Droz Yapur testified under oath that his mother was in a nursing home and provided Puerto Rico tax returns as part of the bankruptcy proceedings in which he claimed his mother as a dependent. between the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, when in fact he knew his mother had died in 2011.

If convicted, Jorge Droz Yapur could be sentenced to up to five years in prison for each violation of 18 USC § 157 and § 152, a fine of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and three years of probation.

Separately, Yamil Fonseca Salgado has been indicted in a bankruptcy fraud scheme where he is alleged to have made material misrepresentations between April 2018 and May 2022 in five separate bankruptcy cases in order to defraud his minor child of payments. child support, all in violation of 18 USC § 157. Additionally, he is charged with one count of willful failure to pay approximately $107,200 in child support in violation of 18 USC § 228, and of thirteen counts of misrepresentation during his bankruptcy proceedings, in violation of 18 USC § 152.

The indictment alleges that Yamil Fonseca Salgado concealed, in multiple bankruptcy filings, assets, income, and his connection to a maintenance company by the name of CMM Janitorial, Inc. The indictment further alleges that Yamil Fonseca Salgado concealed, in several bankruptcy filings, that he received money transfers through ATH Móvil from the bank account of a construction company controlled by close family members. A construction company that in turn collected funds from the public housing management company that Yamil Fonseca Salgado worked for, and that he additionally received money through the use and control of a Banco Popular de Puerto Rico bank account in his grandmother’s name where he accessed funds for routine personal expenses.

If convicted, Yamil Fonseca Salgado could be sentenced to up to two years for violation of 18 USC § 228, five years imprisonment for each violation of 18 USC § 157 and § 152, a fine two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and three years of supervised release.

“The fraudulent use of bankruptcy and other legal proceedings to defraud creditors or defraud children of support payments is a serious concern, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office remains vigilant in its efforts to hold accountable those who allegedly defraud the government,” U.S. Attorney Muldrow said. .

“Together with U.S. Attorney Muldrow and our law enforcement partners, we will continue to prosecute fraud and abuse in bankruptcy cases,” said Mary Ida Townson, U.S. Administrator for Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (Region 21). “I am grateful for the appointment by the U.S. Attorney of two Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys from our San Juan office, who will allow us to prosecute anyone who engages in fraudulent conduct.” The US Trustee Program is the component of the Department of Justice that protects the integrity of the bankruptcy system by overseeing business administration and advocating to enforce bankruptcy laws.

“As the primary investigative agency charged with combating bankruptcy fraud, the FBI takes these cases very seriously. The relief offered by federal bankruptcy proceedings can save the lives of honest individuals who have experienced hard times for legitimate reasons. Unfortunately, bankruptcy can also be used by wrongdoers for a variety of sinister reasons,” said Joseph González, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Juan Field Office. money to creditors, but also results in higher fees and even higher taxes for the innocent.We urge the public to report fraudulent bankruptcy by contacting the US Trustees Program at [email protected] or the FBI by calling 787-987-6500 or visiting tips.FBI.gov.”

“We are proud to be part of the team that brought defendant Fonseca Salgado to justice for evading child support,” said Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau’s New York Regional Office. of the Inspector General, which also covers Puerto. Rico. “The Office of Inspector General will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure that individuals like the accused are held accountable for their actions when they break the law.”

Both cases were referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution by the San Juan Office of the U.S. Trustee. The Jorge Droz Yapur case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant to the United States Attorney José Capó Iriarte of the Office of the United States Trustee. The Yamil Fonseca Salgado case has been investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney José Capó Iriarte and Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney José C. Díaz Vega of the Office of the U.S. Administrator.

An indictment is only an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.

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