Tuesday 12 December 2017

Trustee accuses Dunne of failing to co-operate

Sean Dunne
Sean Dunne

John Breslin

SEAN Dunne has been accused of failing to co-operate with the court-appointed trustee overseeing his bankruptcy case in the United States.

Mr Dunne has failed to produce a raft of documents which he must do under the US bankruptcy code, according to a motion filed last night on behalf of the trustee, Richard Coan.

"By failing to produce (sic) of any documents in response to the document quest, the debtor has failed to co-operate with the trustee to enable the trustee to perform his duties under the United States Bankruptcy Code," the motion reads.

The documents include bank statements, his wife Gayle Killilea's income, the value of any real estate and the value of any business he has any interest in. Mr Coan is asking the court to order Mr Dunne to produce the documents.

He is also asking the court to order Mr Dunne to appear at the next creditors' meeting, scheduled for June 19. The first meeting was due to take place last Wednesday – but Mr Dunne "failed to appear", according to the trustee. This was despite individuals having travelled from Ireland for the meeting.

POSTPONEMENT

On the eve of the meeting, on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Dunne, through his lawyer, filed a motion asking for a postponement. But the judge overseeing the case, Alan Shiff, was not available that day and no order was handed down. Mr Dunne told the trustee he would not be attending.

In yesterday's filing, Mr Coan said Mr Dunne has failed to provide the current values for his assets, reveal his wife Gayle Killilea's income and provide details of his current household income and expenditures.

He has also, according to Mr Coan, not provided photocopies of pay stubs and details of all income received by himself and his wife in the 60-day period prior to the March 29 bankruptcy protection filing.

Mr Dunne has also not handed over a complete copy of his most recently filed federal and state tax returns, according to the trustee.

The motion was filed ahead of a court hearing today, at which Mr Dunne's request for the postponement of the creditors' meeting will be discussed.

The court hearing was originally scheduled after Ulster Bank asked that it be allowed to move forward with bankruptcy proceedings in Ireland.

Irish Independent

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