Former councilman indicted in strip club case

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Federal prosecutors Thursday charged a former City-County Council member in what they say was a scheme to use his official position to collect $6,000 for helping to grease the wheels for a new strip club.

Lincoln Plowman, also a former Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department major, faces federal charges of attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe. Combined, those charges could result in up to 30 years in prison and a maximum $500,000 fine.

In a federal indictment, officials say from August to December last year Plowman solicited an undercover FBI agent to pay him $5,000 in cash and make a $1,000 campaign contribution in exchange for Plowman’s help with the strip club zoning.

Plowman, a Republican who was elected to the council in 2003, was a member of the council’s Metropolitan Development Committee, which recommends appointments to the Board of Zoning Appeals. That board reviews petitions for zoning law variances.

In February, Plowman was put on paid administrative leave from his IMPD job while he was under FBI investigation. He resigned from the police force and the council about a month later as the leave was ending. Plowman faced potential suspension without pay from the department, a step toward termination.

Aaron Freeman was selected by Republican precinct committee members to fill Plowman’s seat representing the city’s southeast-side.

Some council members said Thursday they were glad the case has some resolution but questioned whether Plowman misused his authority in other ways.
“He obviously got caught this time, [but] were there other incidents that we didn’t know about?” said Angela Mansfield, a council Democrat who called for Plowman to disclose the nature of his investigation before he resigned from public office. “It put a cloud over the council.”

But both Mansfield and Republican Council President Ryan Vaughn said they don’t think the allegations necessitate more stringent laws to regulate council ethics.

“At the end of the day, you have to elect people with integrity, or you’re going to get people who are acting unethically,” Vaughn said. “I’m thankful he stepped down from public office so this isn’t an issue that we as a council have to address going forward. It’s more of an issue for him now.”

Mayor Greg Ballard concurred.

"We hold all of our public, elected officials to the highest standards and expect them to conduct themselves with integrity in a manner in which they never abuse their power or influence,” he said.

A Department of Justice spokeswoman Thursday said no initial hearing before a U.S. magistrate judge in the Southern District of Indiana has been set.


  • will it be?
    Will Plowman give up the dirt on Carl Brizzi? Brizzi what are you planning to do to the rat plowman. Will he have one of those random heart-attacks like Roy Houchins did? Hopefully plowman will rat everyone out!
  • Heat?
    Is Carl Brizzi next on the FBI's hit list? Is Carl Brizzi's bald head looking sweaty these days? My that pension is awfully close for you to grasp! It would be a shame if those pesky Feds that have been following you around the past few years were to pay you a visit. I sure hope they show up to your office when the do it so that everybody can affirm what a crook you are! Bad boy Carl! Russ Mcquaid is probably the least of your problems at this point. But don't worry, as soon as the news breaks that they have come for you, I'm sure Russ will open up that file of yours and hit the nightly news. Sleep well Crook Brizzi!
  • High Line Player
    Yeah one of those attorneys that indicated they had $42 in his bank account in court in front of the Judge is driving a brand new big bad Mercedes.... Brings a whole new meaning to Liar... Scratch that I mean Lawyer...

    Plowman is low hanging fruit.
  • Road trip to Elkhart, anyone?
    Can someone please explain why they have not pulled Brizzi's travel records which clearly show he didn't step foot in Elkhart on his "look and see" for the piece of crap that turned into a triple net lease property worth $195K net rent per year, for no money down, to Carl Brizzi and his partner who at last count was part of a family in a bankruptcy court hearing recently who pleaded to having no money?

    Please. Corruption starts at the top with Mitch Daniels, whoallegedly traded on inside information on IPL, then came back to Indiana in closet disgrace, only to befriend and receive hundreds of thousands of stolen dollars from Tim Loser Durham and at the same time Durham, Brizzi and others including ALLEGEDLY MITCH DANIELS were timely trading on Dallas-based Cellstar right before Brightpoint bought them?

    Isn't that why you want Mark to replace Carl, MItch? You know it's true.

    PS, Shorties never win presidential elections. Just ask Mike Dukakis.

    PPS, And shorties who steal from the elderly are scumbags.
    • GOP Take Ethics Outrageous
      But both Mansfield and Republican Council President Ryan Vaughn said they donâ??t think the allegations necessitate more stringent laws to regulate council ethics.

      If there is a better reason for more stringent laws to regulate Council ethics, I don't know what would be. Of course the GOP does not have any ethics as they continue to deceive America on every issue from health care, energy, banking reform, finance reform, Safety and Health regulations, etc.

      With the prosecuitor also in the same boat, I am sure the GOP continues to feel they can get away with just about anything they please.

      Ballard's lukewarm response is enlightening.

    • Curiouser & curiouser
      Does anyone else find the 2nd half of this column to be more interesting than the first? I'm speechless.
    • Is Carl next? Tim? Jim?
      Please get them all.

      Kudos to the IBJ for continuing to lead the hunt of Indy's finest white collar criminals....keep up the great work Greg and Cory!!!!

    Post a comment to this story

    We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
    You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
    Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
    No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
    We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

    Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

    Sponsored by

    facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

    Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
    Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
    Subscribe to IBJ
    1. Angela IS the best RD

    2. We are a nation of speed. All of our younger lives are filled with deadlines, quotas and bottom lines. We start to ease out of the pressured rat-race when we finally see "retirement." The most enjoyable travel on the planet is passenger rail service. Indy to Chicago does not beat Megabus or Southwest Airlines in speed. Passenger rail however has the best seating, mammoth legroon, seat backs that recline to more than 45 degrees and employers that really want you to return as a customer. Indiana municipalities need to maintain subsidies to support this transportation mode. Losing it is loss for all of us.

    3. Good day! I just want to testify how i got my loan from Mr. Eric Lefkofsky after i applied several times from various loan lenders who claimed to also testify right in this forum,i thought the testimonies where real and i applied but they never gave me loan. I was in need of an urgent loan to start a business and i applied from various loan lenders who promised to help but they never gave me the loan. Until a friend of mine introduce me to this popular Mr. Eric Lefkofsky who promised to help me and indeed he did as he promised without any form of delay. I never thought there are still reliable loan lenders until i met Mr. Eric lefkofsky who indeed helped me with the loan and changed my belief. I promised to share this testimony after I got my loan. I don't know if you are in any way in need of a genuine and urgent loan,free feel to contact Mr. Eric Lefkofsky via their email{grouponfunding@hotmail.com}

    4. Its a THUG issue. Bleecker Street and NYX are thug bars. They attract thugs of all races. Places that attract thugs need to be kicked out of Broad Ripple. Ain't nobody got time for that!

    5. Hello everyone, My name is Marian Gareth, I am from the Texas, United State, am here to testify of how i got my loan from Mr Andre Frank {frankloancompany@yahoo.com} after i applied Two times from various loan lenders who claimed to be lenders right in this forum,i thought their lending where real and i applied but they never gave me loan. I was in need of an urgent loan to start a business and i applied from various loan lenders who promised to help but they never gave me the loan.Until a friend of mine introduce me to Mr Andre Frank the C.E.O of Andre Frank Loan Company who promised to help me with a loan of my desire and he really did as he promised without any form of delay, I never thought there are still reliable loan lenders until i met Mr Andre Frank, who really help me with my loan and changed my lief for better. I don't know if you are in need of an urgent loan, free feel to contact Mr Andre Frank on his email{ Frankloancompany@yahoo.com} for help