Montgomery County luxury foreign car dealer Gordon R. Tatum Jr. has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison and fined $15,000 for concealing property from creditors and bankruptcy trustees and for lying under oath at a deposition and a creditors' meeting.
U.S. Attorney Breckinridge L. Willcox said Tatum's sentence is the longest ever imposed in Maryland in a bankruptcy fraud case.
"It should send a strong message to those who would attempt to circumvent the bankruptcy laws," Willcox said.
Senior Judge Herbert F. Murray, who imposed the sentence on Tatum in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, said Tatum had "not learned much" from three run-ins since 1974 with state and federal authorities that resulted in convictions on fraud and theft charges related to his auto dealerships.
Murray convicted Tatum in a June bench trial of three counts of bankruptcy fraud. The sentence the judge imposed consisted of three consecutive three-year prison terms.