Can a debtor's bad faith be "cause" for dismissal of a chapter 7 bankruptcy under Section 707(a) of the Bankruptcy Code?

Yes. 

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that "bad faith" in the bankruptcy process can serve as the basis for a dismissal for cause under Section. 707(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, even if the bad faith conduct that the debtor engaged in could arguably be used to form the basis of an objection to discharge, or objection to the dischargeability of a debt, or something else. And the bad faith conduct can be either before or during the bankruptcy case. Matter of Krueger, 5th Cir. 2016

J Thomas Black
Board Certified, Consumer Bankruptcy Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization