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Embattled prosecutor Brizzi plans new business

December 31, 2010

The outgoing prosecutor for Indiana's largest county says criticism he faced over his ties to a businessman under federal investigation has helped prepare him for a new business he plans in reputation management.

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi says he will also work as an attorney from offices in Hamilton County and Indianapolis.

The Republican didn't seek re-election in 2010 following criticism over his ties to Indianapolis businessman Timothy Durham, who was Brizzi's campaign finance chairman in 2006. Durham has faced accusations that he ran a Ponzi scheme to defraud investors, but no charges have been filed.

Brizzi told WTHR-TV that his time "being the guy in the cross hairs" gives him the experience to help clients.

Democrat Terry Curry takes over for Brizzi on Saturday.

Brizzi resisted calls from former supporters to resign, and had a personal interest in sticking around: By finishing his second term, he will be eligible for a public pension.

With eight years of service, he would be entitled to earn 24 percent of his highest annual salary of $125,000, or about $30,000 per year once he reaches retirement age, by IBJ’s calculation.•

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