Some bankruptcy debts are non-dischargeable. bankruptcy non-dischargeable debts. The bankruptcy code is clear that not all debts are dischargeable in bankruptcy. Here is an example of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy debt that was non-dischargeable in bankruptcy. Bankruptcy Debts caused by willful and malicious acts cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.
Chapter 13 Background
- Guard ordered a prisoner to expose various parts of her body.
- The prisoner files a Court action against the prison guard.
- The prison guard defaulted in the case.
- 2 years later, the Correction Officer appears at a judgment hearing to contest liability.
- District Court determines that the liability was established and the hearing was only to determine the amount of damages.
- Plaintiff (prisoner) was awarded $20K in compensatory damages and $5,000 in punitive damages.
- Correction Officer filed for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and listed the debt in his bankruptcy.
- Plaintiff filed a complaint to show the Debtor’s acts were willful and malicious.
Bankruptcy Court Ruling – Debts Non-Dischargeable:
- Debtor’s actions were malicious.
- Debtor’s actions were outside his duties as a correction officer.
- Although not necessary, Court also concluded actions were willful.
- As expected, the Bankruptcy Debts were non-dischargeable in the Chapter 13 case.
The correction Officer abused the prisoner and was trying to abuse the bankruptcy system. This debt could not be discharged in bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy was established and available to allow debtors to get a fresh start. However, it was not established to enable individuals to avoid paying debts for intentional acts against others.
When you commit a malicious act that was also willful, you cannot file bankruptcy to discharge this debt.
Justice was serviced in this Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Case. If you want to learn more about cases such as this one, read this blog about discharging bankruptcy and or about Chapter 7, non-dischargable debt.
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