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Former Bankruptcy Debtor Subject of Democrat and Chronicle Investigation

Tyler J. Halperyn was a chapter 7 bankruptcy debtor filed a petition in the Rochester Bankruptcy Court in 1994 (Bk #04-20226.) I (Peter Scribner) was assigned as his bankruptcy trustee. As trustee I had filed an adversary proceeding against the debtor, seeking to stop him from allegedly transferring art inventory in an attempt to defraud creditors (Rochester Bankruptcy Adversary Proceeding #062-55). I also supported an adversary proceeding filed by the Office of the United States Trustee objecting to him receiving a bankruptcy discharge (Rochester bankruptcy adversary proceeding #04-2144.)

The debtor was denied a bankruptcy discharge. An independent criminal case was filed against him by the United States Justice Department, which, I understand, resulted in a criminal conviction. I was not a party to the criminal investigation or its prosecution, although any information I obtained from my bankruptcy investigation was, I assume, forwarded to the Justice Department by the Office of the United States Trustee.

On June 9, 2013, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle ran a story about Mr. Halperyn, and his activities following his release from federal prison. I was not interviewed for that story (and I have no personal knowledge of his activities after his criminal conviction), but I was quoted in the article, from a letter I wrote to the Federal Court in 2007 regarding his sentencing.

The link to the D&C article is as follows:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013306090022

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