Tammy Beecher and Wyatt Beecher, a Pennsylvania couple, were each sentenced to fifteen days in prison by U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Andrew Smyser in the Middle District of Pennsylvania for contempt of court for untruthful conduct in their joint bankruptcy case.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Beechers filed a chapter 7 bankrutpcy petition in May 2007. The filing stated that the Tammy Beecher had no income and that neither debtor had been involved in the operation of a business within the previous six years. In fact, the Beechers owned a family business, "Fun 4 Kids Entertainment." Only after the Beecher’s were presented with a coupon for $5 off any party, and reminded by the chapter 7 trustee they signed the bankruptcy petition under penalty of perjury, did the Beecher’s admit that the business had been operated on-and-off for the past three years.