When individuals in New York face financial trouble, they can turn to the bankruptcy court in order to relieve some of their financial stress. By filing for personal bankruptcy, individuals can see their debt erased, in many situations. A personal bankruptcy can help eliminate credit card debt, medical debt, personal loans and other consumer debt. This could be important for individuals struggling to make ends meet.

However, there are serious and strict rules that must be upheld in order for individuals to receive the debt relief they seek. If people fail to follow the rules set out by the bankruptcy court, these individuals may lose their chance at a discharge.

Recently, famous rapper 50 Cent has been questioned about his honesty in his recent bankruptcy proceedings. According to reports, the rapper filed bankruptcy last year. Now, the bankruptcy judge has called the rapper into court to explain pictures of him on social media. Allegedly, these pictures show the rapper with piles of money.

In some of the pictures, hundred dollar bills spell out the word “broke.” In other pictures, the rapper lies among many piles of cash. These pictures have left the judges and creditors wondering whether not the rapper’s claims of insolvency are genuine. Therefore, the judge has now called 50 Cent back to court to explain the pictures further.

While there might be an explanation for the pictures in this case, there can be serious consequences for dishonesty during bankruptcy proceedings. It is important for New Yorkers to understand the types of information they must disclose during the bankruptcy process. With the right information, and the right help, individuals can seek debt relief. A personal bankruptcy can be a good way for individuals to get a fresh financial start.

Source: New York Daily News, “Judge orders 50 Cent to explain Instagram cash stacks in bankruptcy court,” Meera Jagannathan, Feb. 21, 2016