Woodstock Woman Pleads Guilty to False Statements in Bankruptcy
ROCKFORD—SOULA APOSTOLOPOULOS, 46, of Woodstock, Ill., formerly of Barrington Hills, Ill., pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard to making false statements in her bankruptcy case. She was indicted on October 21, 2014, along with her husband, DANIEL APOSTOLOPOULOS.
According to the plea agreement, on March 13, 2010, Soula Apostolopoulos filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy Petition, and made false statements on the Statement of Financial Affairs that she signed 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 real estate 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. 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. A 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 guilty plea 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.