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United States of America v. Kevin Kahrig
Case Number: 3:21-cr-30022
Judge: Stephen P. McGlynn
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (St. Clair County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in East St. Louis
Description: East St. Louis, Illinois criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with making false statements in a 2018 bankruptcy case.
Kevin Kahrig, age 49, a former building contractor, concealed assets from his creditors by transferring those assets to his girlfriend-turned-spouse, Catharine Kahrig, prior to filing for bankruptcy.
Kevin Kahrig admitted to transferring $277,850 in cash and checks to Catharine Kahrig in 2016 and then closed the bank accounts the next year. Kevin Kahrig hid those cash transfers and many of the closed accounts in his later filings with the bankruptcy court. He also took his name off a lakefront home he owned with Catharine and hid the transfer from the bankruptcy court.
In addition, he sold a boat before bankruptcy and gave the $395,000 he got from the sale to Catharine Kahrig. Kevin Kahrig disclosed the boat sale to the bankruptcy court but lied about the amount he received and did not disclose that he had given the proceeds to Catharine Kahrig.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter T. Reed prosecuted the case.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI's Springfield Field Office in collaboration with the Southern District of Illinois Bankruptcy Fraud Working Group coordinated by the U.S. Trustee for Region 10, after referral by the U.S. Trustee. The U.S. Trustee Program is the component of the Justice Department that protects the integrity of the bankruptcy system by overseeing case administration and litigating to enforce the bankruptcy laws. Region 10 is headquartered in Indianapolis, with additional offices in Peoria, Illinois, and South Bend, Indiana.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 14 months' in prison and fined $50,000. He was also ordered to serve two years' of supervised release.