Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuscaloosa attorney charged with bankruptcy fraud

"BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a Tuscaloosa attorney with bankruptcy fraud.

Authorities say 60-year-old Donald Dionne is charged with making a false oath or account.

Prosecutors say that between December 2008 and August 2010, Dionne included false information in five bankruptcy petitions in order to have those cases assigned to divisions they would not have been assigned to had the correct information been included.

In a plea agreement filed Tuesday, Dionne agreed not to practice law if on probation or supervised release. The maximum penalty for the charge is 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine."