NOTICE TO APPROVED PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT COURSE PROVIDERS
Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1007(b)(7) permits approved debtor education providers to notify the Court directly that a debtor has completed a post-petition instructional course concerning personal financial management. This pertains to debtor education certificates only, not to credit counseling certificates.
This Court permits approved personal financial management course providers to electronically file the Certificate of Debtor Education under Fed.R.Bankr.P. 1007(b)(7) using the electronic financial management course certificate filing program (eFinCert), instead of requiring course providers to register as limited filers in the Court’s CM/ECF case management system.
Pursuant to Fed.R.Bankr.P. 1007(c), a debtor must file a statement that he or she completed the personal financial management course within 60 days after the first date set for the meeting of creditors under § 341 of the Bankruptcy Code in a chapter 7 case, and in a chapter 11 or 13 case no later than the date when the last payment was made by the debtor as required by the plan or the filing of a motion for discharge under § 1141(d)(5)(B) or § 1328(b) of the Bankruptcy Code. Failure to timely file the certificate in accordance with Fed.R.Bankr.P. 1007(c) will result in the debtor’s case being closed without a discharge. See Fed.R.Bankr.P. 4004(c)(1)(H).
Penalty for filing a fraudulent certification: Fine of up to $500,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. 18 U.S.C. §§ 152 and 3571.