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Grand jury indicts OmniSource for racketeering

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A Marion County grand jury has returned an eight-count indictment against OmniSource Corp., accusing the metal-recycling powerhouse of racketeering and receiving stolen property.

OmniSource, a unit of Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc., is charged with buying stolen cars, car parts, boats, gutters, wiring and other items as scrap metal prices climbed between June 2007 and May 2009.

In a statement, OmniSource President Mark Millett called the allegations "unfounded," saying the company is an industry leader in "anti-theft training and law enforcement cooperation." The company hired more than 50 Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers to help detect and deter metal theft.

"This indictment of OmniSource is not only unfair to the company but an insult to the IMPD police officers who ... did their part to stop metal thefts in Marion County,” he said in the statement.

Officers from the IMPD, FBI, Indiana State Police and other agencies raided the six Indianapolis scrap yards operated by OmniSource in February 2009, collecting evidence and seizing property and more than $277,000. The raids were the culmination of a year-long undercover investigation.

The grand jury returned the 16-page indictment Oct. 22, and it was filed in Marion Circuit Court on Monday.

OmniSource is charged with three counts of corrupt business influence and five counts of attempted receipt of stolen property. The indictment details dozens of allegations, which Millett said the company will "aggressively" defend itself against.

This month, the company sued Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, seeking the return of the seized cash. OmniSource said the investigation was a sham intended to raise Brizzi’s political profile.  

As IBJ reported in April, the Prosecutor’s Office missed a deadline to file forfeiture paperwork, likely paving the way for OmniSource to reclaim the money.
 

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  • re
    Yeah, that's right, How about when Carl called out to Oregon to screw over Larry, the guy Tim was suing? Have his coach impounded at the concert, claiming he was violating state tax laws? Remember that Carl? (PS, Yep, the FBI knows all the details.)

    What else has Carl done to help Tim...oh yeah, didn't he provide references against a certain whistleblower who Tim was discrediting so no one would audit Tim to find out the....gasp...obvious?

    As for donations from Carl, he can assign his 50% interest in the triple net lease deal he scored in Elkhart. That will pay back the donations over a couple of years. I think he's already blown the money he made from Tim's tip to buy Cellstar right before Brightpoint bought them. Wait, Carl still owns some Cellstar shares. I think he also knew the cash reserved for Verizon on the Cellstar balance sheet wasn't going to be paid to Verizon. You remember that, too, dontcha Carl. Just thinky, Carlito, had y'all just distributed the cash instead of Timmy directing it to Fair Finance none of us ever would have known about Fair, Tim'd be sitting fat in LA and you'd not be under federal investigation.

    You remember all of this, right Carl?

    PS, Been back to the Drake lately? Love those pics of you. Priceless!
  • Scary Scary
    A few years ago a male prosecutor from Indianapolis called a fellow prosecutor in Oregon and asked to have a bus from a competitor to Tim Durham's then Pyramid Coach quarantined.

    Now this.

    Carl Brizzi is running with unfettered power. This is not only scary, the lack of public outrage is insane.
  • More Brizz
    Well, that's what happens when you mess with Brizzi. Don't ever try to sue Crook Carl after he robs or steals from you. He will take matters into his own hands and have you ruined and charged to the fullest extent of the law. Carl Brizzi IS the law in Indianapolis. Don't mess with him I tell you!
  • Dirty, Dirty
    I guess OmniSource (Symbol=STLD) hired the wrong defense attorney? They should have hired Paul Page so they can get all their money back. Remember Brizzi basically gave an alleged drug dealer essentially all his money back (well it was turned over to Paul Page seemingly to make sure Paul Page received his legal fees).

    Yeah sure Keith Busse (CEO of Steel Dynamics) would knowingly condone this crap. This appears as malicious prosecution. Get a life Brizzi. As Larry Brodeur (Your Chief Narcotics Prosecutor once said when you gave your buddy and business Partner Paul Page the confiscated money from the drug apprehension client Paul Page represented... He told in an email giving the Criminal Defense Atty Paul Page the money back was "A Load of Crap".

    Maybe your buddy Greg and invest in another Real Estate deal with you that your buddy Bales finds.

    How many attorney's work in the MCPO? Why do the taxpayers have to pay some loud mouth who is on WIBC 3 hours a day what 30% of the SCORE?
  • I'm going with Omnisource on this one
    1. Saturday, October 16 we found out that Omnisource, a wholly owned subsidiary of Steel Dynamics, had filed an action against Carl Brizzi and Greg Garrison seeking to force the return of $277,508 in cash seized on February 23, 2009 in connection with a police search of OmniSource's Indianapolis scrap yards. The pretext for the search were allegations that OmniSource was knowingly purchasing stolen scrap metal.  OmniSource has denied doing any such thing. Now, Monday, October 25 an Indianapolis grand jury indicts Omnisource; a course of events Mr. Brizzi terms independent and presumably believes are vindicating. "We regret that we have been forced to initiate this action," said Mark Millett, OmniSource's President, "but, after almost 20 months, it has become clear that this action by the Prosecutor has never really been about a legitimate concern about metal theft in Marion County or about a desire for accuracy or justice.  It has become quite apparent that the Prosecutor's real motivation was about headlines and a money grab, threatening OmniSource with forfeiture of all of OmniSource's Indianapolis facilities."  
    To assist him with his plan, the Prosecutor hired a private lawyer, Greg Garrison, to organize and pursue the investigation against OmniSource and promised to pay Garrison a percentage of anything Garrison can extract from OmniSource.
    2. Ben Eisbart, OmniSource's Vice President and Corporate Compliance Officer, explained that "We engage in hundreds of thousands of scrap purchases each year with the best trained anti-theft staff and operating procedures in the industry. How could anyone seriously suggest that OmniSource intended to purchase stolen scrap metal when OmniSource annually devotes hundreds of hours and spends hundreds of thousands of dollars attempting to prevent metal theft and works cooperatively with the police to create an atmosphere at all OmniSource scrap yards that metal thieves are not only not welcome but will be prosecuted."
    OmniSource's lawsuit also contends that Prosecutor Brizzi's forfeiture practices are illegal and unconstitutional and contrary to established standards of conduct for prosecutors, in that he has enlisted a private lawyer to direct a forfeiture case in which he has a direct financial interest.
    OmniSource's parent, OmniSource Corporation, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is one of the largest metal recyclers in North America, with scrap yards in 9 states and in more than 50 communities, from many of which it has received commendations for its anti-theft programs and law enforcement cooperation. OmniSource-Indianapolis employs over 230 area residents and has an annual payroll of approximately $9,350,000.

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