A New Jersey lawyer will not be allowed to clear his debts in bankruptcy because he filed false statements in court, tried to hide his equity interest in a firm and failed to keep records of loans from relatives and clients.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Raymond Lyons denied a discharge to Neil Prupis on Jan. 24 at the request of a creditor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Prupis takes issue with the ruling and is appealing.

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