SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an 18-count indictment today against Arlina Alexander-Zaplutus, 50, formerly of Elk Grove, charging her with making false statements in bankruptcy cases, and falsification of documents in bankruptcy, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, Alexander-Zaplutus filed and caused the filing of bankruptcy petitions in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California that contained materially false information, including purported debtors’ names, addresses, and Social Security numbers. Alexander-Zaplutus is alleged to have filed and caused the filing of the falsified petitions to invoke the automatic stay provisions of federal bankruptcy law with respect to her and her clients’ residential properties, which halted creditors’ collection and foreclosure actions. The indictment also alleges that Alexander-Zaplutus falsified bankruptcy petitions with the intent to obstruct the investigation and proper administration of bankruptcy cases.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Philip A. Ferrari and Matthew C. Thuesen are prosecuting the case.
Alexander-Zaplutus’ whereabouts are unknown. A warrant was issued for her arrest.
If convicted, Alexander-Zaplutus faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each false statement count and 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of falsifying documents in bankruptcy. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.