Madison attorney sentenced in bankruptcy fraud scheme

August 5, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

From The Mississippi Link Newswire

JACKSON – Michael E. Earwood, 61, an attorney from Madison, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for bankruptcy fraud, federal officials said.

Earwood was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $792,228.53.

Earwood previously pled guilty to devising and executing a scheme to obtain money from a business partner by falsely representing that the money would be used to maintain real property owned by Kinwood Capitol Group. He admitted transferring title to the real property assets of the business without the knowledge and consent of his business partner, who held a majority interest in the assets of the business.

Earwood admitted that he transferred these assets to his own company named Northlake Development. He then used that property as collateral for bank loans to Northlake Development but still continued to solicit money from the business partner for a period of time. Earwood admitted that when the bank attempted to foreclose on the Northlake Development loan, he placed Northlake Development into bankruptcy and continued to conceal the unauthorized transactions from his business partner and the banks from which he had obtained loans.

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