Criminal law and bankruptcy law approach fraud with a variety of objectives, only some of which overlap. Each contains elements of both restorative and distributive justice—the notion that the fraudster should be held accountable, the injured should be compensated, and distribution should be fair. Yet, criminal law and bankruptcy law inculcate these goals with profoundly different understandings, histories, contexts and practices. Consequently, the long arm of the law and the strong arm of the trustee have uniquely honed tools, unavailable to the other, for achieving their purposes. Inevitably, then, tension arises when criminal law and bankruptcy law simultaneously attempt to gather and distribute property garnered through fraud.
Cite as 42 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 525 (2012).
Debt and Crime: Inevitable Bedfellows, 42 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.