Taking Bankruptcy Abuse to a Whole New Level

bankruptcyYour car has been impounded and you can’t afford the ransom to secure its release. The answer to your dilemma appears as you wander the corridor of the impoundment offices. An “angel” appears offering a solution to your problem. For a small fee of $500 the “angel” will set you and your wheels free. The solution is filing bankruptcy and listing the car and the impoundment fee perhaps as your only asset and liability. Voila! The car is released and you are set free. The only remaining problem is that the FBI sets up a sting and the plan is foiled.

This scheme was recently uncovered in Chicago. For more on this creative misuse of bankruptcy click here.

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