Florida Woman Admits Bankruptcy Fraud | USAO-NDWV

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Heather Lynn Pratt, of Fort Myers, Fla., Has admitted to bankruptcy, acting US attorney Randolph J. Bernard said.

Pratt, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of “fraudulent concealment of bankruptcy assets.” At the time of the offense, Pratt was employed by Emerald Grande, LLC and had access to the finances of the Florida-based company. Emerald Grande operated two La Quinta Inn & Suites in West Virginia, one in Elkview and the other in Summersville, as well as a commercial property in Charleston known as Kanawha Landing Property. Emerald Grande was a debtor in a bankruptcy case filed and pending in Clarksburg Bankruptcy Court in the United States.

Pratt admitted to hiding over $ 145,000 that she embezzled from the operating account of the LaQuinta Inn & Suites in Summersville from the bankruptcy trustee when in fact that money belonged to the debtor, Emerald Grande, LLC.

As part of the plea agreement, Pratt will be required to pay damages in the amount of $ 145,386.93 to the US bankruptcy trustee.

Pratt faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based on the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant US Attorney Jarod J. Douglas is pursuing the case on behalf of the government. The FBI investigated.

US magistrate judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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