United States Trustee v. Institute of Personal Wealth Credit Counselors International et al

Filing 19

ORDER OF DISMISSAL by Judge Ricardo S Martinez. (PM) cc: Lanahan and Tift via U.S. Mail; Bankruptcy Court via ECF, Tessa Gorman via email

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 6 7 8 9 10 In Re: DUANE ROWETT and REBECCA ROWETT, 11 Debtors. 12 13 UNITED STATES TRUSTEE 14 15 Plaintiff, v. 16 17 18 INSTITUTE OF PERSONAL WEALTH CREDIT COUNSELORS INTERNATIONAL, GREGORY S. TIFT, and JENNIE LEE LANAHAN, 19 Defendants. 20 ) ) CASE NO. C15-1028RSM ) ) ) ORDER OF DISMISSAL ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 21 22 This matter initially came before this Court on the United States Trustee’s Motion for 23 Withdrawal of Reference, asking this Court to take jurisdiction over this bankruptcy matter in 24 order to institute further proceedings against Gregory S. Tift to find him in criminal contempt, 25 and to impose appropriate criminal contempt sanctions. Dkt. #1. Mr. Tift objected to the 26 motion, essentially arguing that he had not engaged in the conduct of which he had been 27 28 accused. Dkts. #5 and #6. Ultimately, the Court granted the U.S. Trustee’s motion, and the ORDER PAGE - 1 1 reference of proceedings related to the U.S. Trustee’s request for criminal sanctions against Mr. 2 Tift was withdrawn from the bankruptcy court. Dkt. #7. The Court then requested that a 3 prosecutor from the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of 4 Washington be appointed to investigate and prosecute the matter. Id. 5 The investigation of this matter is now complete. The United States Attorney for the 6 7 Western District of Washington has concluded that it should not pursue criminal charges 8 against Mr. Tift related to the issues raised by the United States Trustee in this case. 9 Accordingly, this matter is now DISMISSED and the case in this Court is CLOSED. 10 The Clerk SHALL forward a copy of this Order to the United States Bankruptcy Court 11 for the Western District of Washington and to Criminal Chief Tessa Gorman of the Office of 12 13 14 the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington. DATED this 27th day of January, 2017. 15 A 16 RICARDO S. MARTINEZ CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ORDER PAGE - 2

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