Bankruptcy trustee demands freelance writers return their paychecks

A bankruptcy trustee overseeing the remains of collapsed magazine has begun to sue the freelancers that the magazine paid in its last days, arguing that the money they were paid two years before rightly belongs to the magazine's secured creditors.
Ms. Smith Rakoff, who has written for The New York Times, said she had received a note demanding that her $1,550 fee be returned in 10 days - or else she would be sued and forced to pay the money back. "I feel angry and betrayed," she said. "This thing has taken over my life. I can't afford to pay it and I can't afford not to do anything about it because then there will be a default judgment against me."
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