Pulaski Co. woman pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

Pulaski Co. woman pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud
Jessica A. Browning, 44, of Ullin, was indicted in August 2018 for bankruptcy fraud. (Source: Raycom Media)

PULASKI COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A Pulaski County, Illinois woman pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud.

Jessica A. Browning, 44, of Ullin, was indicted in August 2018. The case against Browning arose out of a chapter 13 bankruptcy case she filed in the federal bankruptcy court in Benton, Ill. on March 17, 2014.

During her plea hearing, Browning admitted that on a document she filed with the bankruptcy court, she intentionally concealed the fact that just three weeks before filing bankruptcy she had received a $12,675.47 worker’s compensation award.

She also admitted that at a meeting of creditors in her bankruptcy case, she provided false testimony regarding what she did with the funds from her worker’s compensation award.

Browning pleaded guilty to making a false statement under penalty of perjury in a bankruptcy case and making a false statement under oath in a bankruptcy case. Both carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

She will be sentenced on January 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the federal district courthouse in Benton, Ill.

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