Every once in awhile someone comes along who makes one long for the days of debtors’ prisons.
The State newspaper reported Wednesday that a Georgia woman has pleaded guilty to lying in bankruptcy papers she had filed in Columbia. Amanda Boulware, 42, of Union City, Ga., filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy papers in August 2007 in Columbia, but did not include in them that she had also filed for bankruptcy at least nine previous times, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Boulware was subject to a five-year ban on bankruptcy filings ordered by a U.S. bankruptcy judge in Georgia at the time of her Columbia filing.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing will be carried out at a later date, the paper reported.
Up until the middle of the 19th Century, debtors’ prisons were a common way to deal with individuals who were unable to pay off debts.