Banking & Finance and Obsidian Enterprises and Tim Durham and Law

FBI serves search warrants on Durham-owned companies

November 24, 2009

The FBI on Tuesday afternoon executed search warrants at two companies led by high-profile executive Tim Durham—Indianapolis-based Obsidian Enterprises Inc. and Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co.

FBI agents arrived at the headquarters of Obsidian, a leveraged-buyout firm, on the top floor of Chase Tower downtown around 3 p.m. and began going through documents and carrying them to two FBI trucks awaiting on Monument Circle.

Michael S. Welch, FBI special agent in charge in Indianapolis, said the agents were executing search warrants. But he said those warrants are sealed and that the FBI would not provide additional comment.

In an investigative story last month, IBJ raised questions about whether Fair Finance had the financial wherewithal to repay Ohio investors who had purchased nearly $200 million in investment certificates.

The story reported that since Durham bought the business in 2002, he had used it almost like a personal bank to fund a range of business interests, some of them unsuccessful. The story noted that he and related parties owe Fair more than $168 million.

This story will be updated at ibj.com.


 

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