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Date: 04-07-2020

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United States of America v. Jason Arise Smith

Case Number: 6:19-cr-00206-WWB-DCI

Judge: Wendy W. Berger

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Orange County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Chauncey A. Bratt

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Orlando, FL - The United States of America charged Jason Arise Smith with bankruptcy fraud.

Jason Arise Smith (45, Indialantic) to 20 months in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud. The court also ordered Smith to pay $3,400 in restitution to victim C.S., who was his spouse at the time of the offenses.

Smith had pleaded guilty on January 6, 2020.

According to court records, in September 2016, Smith had a bankruptcy attorney file a fraudulent bankruptcy petition in the name of C.S., in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. Smith had this petition filed without C.S.ís knowledge or consent, in order to delay foreclosure proceedings on their home and to hide the fact that Smith had not been making payments on their mortgage. To enable the filing of this petition without C.S.ís knowledge, Smith falsely represented to the bankruptcy attorney that C.S. was hospitalized with terminal brain cancer. After this first bankruptcy case was dismissed by the bankruptcy court, Smith forged C.S.ís signature on paperwork and caused a second bankruptcy petition to be filed with the court in his and C.S.ís names, again without C.S.ís knowledge, to further delay foreclosure proceedings.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

18:157.F BANKRUPTCY FRAUD
(1)

Outcome: Brevard County Man Sentenced To 20 Months In Federal Prison For Bankruptcy Fraud

INCARCERATION: Twenty (20) Months. SUPERVISED RELEASE: 2 years. Special conditions of supervised release: Mandatory drug testing requirements are suspended. However, the Court orders the defendant to submit to random drug testing not to exceed 104 tests per year. Defendant shall cooperate in the collection of DNA. Credit conditions imposed. FINE: waived. SPECIAL ASSESSMENT of $200.00 is due immediately. RESTITUTION: AMOUNT $ 3,400.00, payable to C.S.

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