First Circuit: Attorney’s ‘False Oaths’ Warrants Denial of Chapter 7 Discharge |

A bankruptcy court properly denied a Massachusetts attorney’s bankruptcy petition after finding he had engaged in “clear and blatant misconduct” for false oaths about his law firm’s income and his financial records, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit determined last week.

On Wednesday, the three-judge panel affirmed the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts’ decision and said the lower court properly denied South Easton attorney Donald C. Kupperstein’s discharge under 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(4)(A) for “knowingly and fraudulently” misrepresenting questions pertaining to his income from employment, the opinion said.

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