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A former Sun Prairie man who filed for bankruptcy and hid a $250,000 insurance payout after his wife’s death was sentenced to one-year probation.

Daniel Doyle, 56, of Sanford, South Carolina, filed for bankruptcy in March 2014 but didn’t disclose that his wife was dying of cancer and that he was the beneficiary to her life insurance policy.

At the creditor’s meeting, Doyle continued the concealment and lied under oath.

After the debts were discharged, Doyle filed a claim on the life insurance policy and collected the money.

An anonymous call to the U.S. Trustee tipped off authorities that Doyle received the money after his wife died.

The U.S. Trustee filed a motion to reopen the bankruptcy and Doyle admitted that he lied and agreed to a voluntary dismissal.

During the May 22 sentence, U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson said he hoped that other debtors would be deterred from defrauding the bankruptcy court, knowing that there are criminal consequences.

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