Dentist and Wife Charged with Bankruptcy Fraud
ROCKFORD—A husband and wife, both formerly of Barrington Hills, Ill., were indicted today by a federal grand jury in Rockford on separate counts of making false statements in a bankruptcy case. The indictment alleges that DANIEL APOSTOLOPOULOS, 52, and SOULA APOSTOLOPOULOS, 45, each filed a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition, and fraudulently failed to disclose financial interests.
According to the indictment, on Oct 23, 2009, Daniel Apostolopoulos filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy Petition, and made false statements on a bankruptcy schedule and a Statement of Financial Affairs, both of which were filed under penalty of perjury. Specifically, it is alleged that Apostolopoulos intentionally concealed his interest in a checking account, a Chicago restaurant, and property located in Wisconsin. It is also alleged that Daniel Apostolopoulos failed to disclose his relationships with his father-in-law and sister-in-law, to whom he had transferred a Volvo and a Mercedes automobile within two years of filing, as well as concealing his prior ownership in other financial accounts.
The indictment further alleges that on March 4, 2010, Soula Apostolopoulos filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy Petition, and made false statements on her Statement of Financial Affairs, filed under penalty of perjury. According to the indictment, Soula Apostolopoulos fraudulently concealed income she received from her interest in a Chicago restaurant she previously purchased with her husband, as well as her interest in Wisconsin property and in financial accounts during the year preceding the filing of her bankruptcy.
Providing material false statements or documents under penalty of perjury in a bankruptcy case carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from that offense, whichever is greater. The judge may also impose a sentence of probation of one to five years, and a term of supervised release of up to three years. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
Members of the public are reminded that a criminal indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. Each defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt of each defendant beyond a reasonable doubt.
The indictment was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.