In re: William E. Thoma and Patricia T. Paine-Thoma

Order on Motion to Impost Fines and Disgorge Fees Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 110


A bankruptcy paralegal mislead to debtors into believe that she was charging them $500 to prepare their bankruptcy papers when she really charged them $2155, most of which she collect on the credit card of the husband's decease mother.

The bankruptcy judged found that the paralegal had "committed fraudulent, unfair, and deceptive acts against the Debtors" and ordered the paralegal repay the debtors triple the amount of fees she had collect. The judge also ordered the paralegal to pay a fine of $1500 to the United States Trustee.

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Reference Info:Decision | Federal, 9th Circuit, California | United States

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