their bankruptcy case, according to a news release issued by the U.S.
attorney's office on Thursday.
Prosecutors allege that the Mandersons concealed three rental
properties that they owned on the Balboa Peninsula. The total loss to
their creditors amounted to several hundred thousand dollars, the
federal prosecutors said.
Mark Manderson, who is charged with one count of conspiracy and 14
counts of concealment and false statements in bankruptcy, faces up to
75 years in federal prison and a fine of $3.7 million. Leslee
Manderson, charged with one count of conspiracy and seven counts of
concealment and false statements, faces a maximum sentence of 40
years in federal prison and a $2-million fine.
Costa Mesa residents Bennie Leo Birch, 68, and his wife, Susan
Birch, 58, were also indicted in February on charges of making false
statements to conceal several financial accounts and their interest
in a landscape business, known as Birch Landscape Co., officials
The Birches were arraigned on March 3 on two counts each of making
false statements. The case is scheduled to go to trial on April 29.
The Birches face maximum sentences of 10 years in federal prison and
fines of $500,000.
-- Deepa Bharath