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Neillsville man charged with bankruptcy fraud and witness tampering


Madison (Press Release) - A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments yesterday.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Brett Pohle, 45, of Neillsville, is charged with concealing assets in a bankruptcy proceeding, falsifying a record in a bankruptcy proceeding, and witness tampering. 

The indictment alleges that in April 2008, he concealed creditors and the U.S. Trustee nine firearms and a camper, and that in July 2008, he provided a bill of sale containing false information. The indictment also alleges that in February 2011, he corruptly persuaded another person with the intent to influence the testimony of that person before a federal grand jury. 

If convicted, Pohle faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on each count of concealing assets and falsifying a record, and 20 years on the witness tampering charge.

The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Office of the United States Trustee. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith P. Duchemin.

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