Fresno Man Sentenced For False Liens Against Judges

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A Fresno man will spend time in prison, for filing false leans against property owned by two Federal bankruptcy judges.

According to a news release by the United States District Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of California, Barry Halajian, 56, was sentenced to a year in prison, a special assessment of $200, and one year of supervised release, for filing the false liens. The case was tried by a judge in the Eastern District of Washington, since the District and Magistrate Judges in the Eastern District of California were reportedly recused from the case. Halajian, according to the statement, was convicted of two counts of filing false liens against federal officials, on November 17th, 2015.

According to court documents and evidence presented, Halajian initiated a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Fresno, in 2010. Two years later, he initiated, in the same court, a Chapter 9 bankruptcy proceeding.

The Chapter 9 bankruptcy, according to the statement, was dismissed on June 29th, 2012. According to the statement, Halajian filed, with the California Secretary of State, liens on the property of two Federal Bankruptcy judges in the Eastern District of California. The filing was reportedly made on July 17thy, 2012, and listed the judges as debtors, and himself as the secured party.

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