Ullin Woman Sentenced to Probation for Two Counts of Bankruptcy Fraud

Ullin Woman Sentenced to Probation for Two Counts of Bankruptcy Fraud

BENTON — An Ullin woman has been sentenced to two years of federal probation after being convicted on two counts of bankruptcy fraud.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven Weinhoeft says 44-year-old Jessica A. Browning was initially indicted in August of 2018 as a part of the office’s effort to crack down on fraud in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

At her plea hearing, Browning admitted to intentionally failing to disclose a more than $12-thousand award she had received in a workers’ compensation case. She also admitted that she testified falsely while under oath at a bankruptcy hearing regarding what she had done with those funds.

The investigation was done by agents from the Fairview Heights IRS Office of Criminal Investigations and the Southern Illinois Bankruptcy Fraud Working Group. The case was prosectured by Assistant United States Attorneys William E. Coonan and Scott A. Verseman.