The Justice Department's crackdown on consumer bankruptcy fraud has started to produce results. In the first 10 months of 1997, the Justice Department won 152 bankruptcy fraud convictions and reaped nearly $22 million in restitution and fines.

"It is important to have it understood that the bankruptcy laws will be enforced and fraud pursued," Attorney General Janet Reno said in an interview. "It has been one effective initiative."

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