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NCBRC CASES IN REVIEW WL 3564376 (Bankr. N.D. Iowa June 22, 2016) (case no. 2:14-bk-168; adv. proc. no. 2:14-ap-9027), appeal filed, Fern v. FedLoan Servicing, Case No. 16-6021 (8th Cir. B.A.P. filed July 8, 2016). Means test—Current monthly income: Disagreeing with In re Inghilterra, 2012 WL 1137008 (Bankr. D. Colo. April 4, 2012), the court held that “demo” pay shown on the Chapter 13 debtor's pay advice, which represented the value of the personal use of a vehicle by the debtor in her employment as a car salesperson, was not included in the debtor's "current monthly income." Concluding that the court should look to the Census Bureau's definition of "income" for guidance, the court said that the definition excludes this non-monetary benefit. In re Perez, 2016 WL 3230662 (Bankr. E.D. Wis. June 3, 2016) (case no. 2:15-bk-31645). Violation of stay—Damages—Punitive damages: Where the creditor filed a notice of transfer of claim for which there was no basis in a Chapter 13 case, received payments from the Chapter 13 trustee totaling $297.72 for the allegedly transferred claim, and failed for five months to return the funds to the trustee, the court found that the creditor had willfully violated the automatic stay and imposed punitive damages of $250,000 on the creditor, representing one-half of the $500,000 the creditor could have been fined in a criminal proceeding for filing a fraudulent transfer of claim. While the element of fraud appeared to be absent, the creditor's conduct was, at best, recklessly indifferent, and the creditor was remorseless and had taken no action to changes its conduct in the future. In re Mocella, --- B.R. ----, 2016 WL 3611816 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio June 15, 2016) (case no. 4:10-bk-42287), appeal filed, Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Mocella, Case No. 4:16-cv-1662 (N.D. Ohio filed June 29, 2016). National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Consumer ©National Fall 2016 CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY JOURNAL Bankruptcy Rights Center 47