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UNITED STATES POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE
NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Donna Harris
Title: Public Information Representative

Phone: 212-330-3344
Email: DMHARRIS@USPIS.GOV

OCTOBER 10, 2013

ANDREW BARTOK SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS,
$2 MILLION RESTITUTION FOR FRAUD

Following an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Andrew Bartok, dba Revelations Consulting LLC, was sentenced today to 22 years in federal prison and ordered to pay in excess of $2 million in restitution for mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud, obstruction of justice, and bankruptcy fraud.

Mr. Bartok and employees of Revelations, as well as the Foreclosure Club of America, solicited consumers via the U.S. Mail who were facing foreclosure on their homes. The suspects instructed victims to stop paying their mortgage and instead pay Revelations, initially amounts of $1,500 to $2,000, and then $400 to $600 monthly. Revelations promised it would help customers save money and repurchase their homes within two years at foreclosure sales.

Bartok and his employees had debtors forward to Revelations any papers they received from the courts and told them not to attend any bankruptcy court hearings or meetings with creditors and Chapter 13 Standing Trustees. Bartok and his cohorts filed documents containing false information with federal bankruptcy courts in New York and New Jersey to delay the foreclosure of clients' homes. They perpetrated a fraud against the bankruptcy courts as well as their victims, to whom they sold false hope. Worse, victims eventually lost their homes to foreclosure after paying Bartok thousands of dollars for bogus services.

"This sentencing highlights the commitment and ability of Postal Inspectors to bring to justice anyone who uses the U.S. Mail to defraud consumers and the federal government," said Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett.

Inspector in Charge Bartlett would like to thank the United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York, White Plains Office, for the prosecution of Mr. Bartok.

 

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