Banking & Finance

Carmel family members accused of securities fraud

February 26, 2013
Scott Olson
The Indiana securities division accuses Charles Blackwelder, Chad Blackwelder and Cara Grumme of defrauding elderly investors in a scheme to sell ownership interests in rental properties.
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Bank foreclosing on former charter school property

February 25, 2013
Old National Bank is suing the operator of charter school that closed last summer in Indianapolis, claiming it failed to pay off the $1.8 million balance on its mortgage.
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Critics of WellPoint choice may not be easily swayedRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
It's way too early to declare the board dysfunctional for making a surprise choice—Joe Swedish, CEO of Michigan-based hospital system Trinity Health—for the company’s new CEO.
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Market's surge fuels wave of executives' insider sellingRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Insiders at Indianapolis-area companies cashed in millions of dollars of their own companies’ shares this month, a selling spree that might reflect growing sentiment the market rally is ending.
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UPDATE: First Internet slips 2.5 percent in debut on NASDAQ

February 22, 2013
Shares of the Indianapolis-based bank finished their first day on the NASDAQ exchange at $28.50, a 75-cent drop from their opening price. The stock had been listed on the thinly traded over-the-counter market.
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First Internet plans 48 jobs in $4.3M Fishers office

February 19, 2013
Scott Olson
The $4.3 million expansion will go toward purchasing and refurbishing a building near Interstate 69 and 116th Street that formerly housed the St. Vincent Health medical center.
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Does hybrid-tech startup have investors too revved up?Restricted Content

February 16, 2013
Greg Andrews
Echo Automotive trades on the OTC Bulletin Board, the Wild West of investing—where cheap stock prices and low trading volumes can translate into wild swings in stock price.
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Allos Ventures raises $40 million for early-stage tech firmsRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Allos Ventures has raised $40 million from local tech industry luminaries and others to invest in early-stage tech companies in the Midwest, a segment that has seen funding dry up. The fund, Allos II, aims to invest $3 million to $7 million each in about a dozen early-stage companies—not upstarts but those already generating solid revenue streams.
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Indiana tries to close loophole that helped Durham commit fraud in OhioRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
The legislature is considering a bill that would require intrastate securities offerings to file audited financials, a safeguard that caused trouble for Fair Finance investors.
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CNO Financial boosts fourth-quarter profit

February 11, 2013
The Carmel-based holding company for insurance firms reported fourth-quarter 2012 net income of $101.2 million, or 41 cents a share. That was a 57 percent jump over the same quarter in 2011.
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Renamed Carmel financing firm planning big growth

February 1, 2013
Dealer Services Corp. in Carmel has begun operating as NextGear Capital after being acquired by Atlanta-based Manheim Inc. NextGear plans to relocate in the next month and double its employment, to 450, in the next year.
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Simon unit suing Stir Crazy chain for unpaid rent

February 1, 2013
Scott Olson
The owner of Castleton Square Mall is suing its former tenant for $471,031 following the restaurant's closing late last month.
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Families sue to recover lost investments

February 1, 2013
Associated Press
A central Indiana county commissioner, his wife and members of three other families who lost more than $700,000 they invested in businesses state officials say were shell companies are suing two men accused of orchestrating the scheme.
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Old National's earnings highest since 2002

January 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Old National Bancorp's earnings rose 26 percent in 2012, to $91.7 million, its greatest since 2002, the Evansville-based company announced Monday morning.
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ChaCha secures $14M investment to expand services

January 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The latest round of funding will enable ChaCha to make "significant" investments in new products to expand both mobile and online services, CEO Scott Jones said. Internally, the project is dubbed "Go Big."
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Hillenbrand diversifies by growing whole new businessRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Casket company turns heads with aggressive foray into equipment manufacturing.
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APPEL: Mergers and acquisitions will accelerate by midyearRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Savvy Indiana business owners rightly wonder about the merger-and-acquisition and capital market outlook for 2013. Unfortunately, it is likely mixed, with a sluggish outlook for the first half of the year. However, many hope that, by midyear, there will be a pickup to end the year strong.
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Indianapolis-area mergers and acquisitions in 2013Restricted Content

January 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Lack of a disclosed price kept these deals off of Indianapolis Business Journal's list of deals.
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S&P 500 in longest winning streak since 2004

January 25, 2013
Associated Press
The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 on Friday for the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, lifted by strong earnings from Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.
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Michigan lawyer claims Indiana prosecution was political

January 25, 2013
Associated Press
A Michigan attorney claims in a lawsuit that former Indianapolis prosecutor Carl Brizzi and former Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita used unwarranted charges against her in a cemetery theft scheme to enhance their political reputations.
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ITT suffers tough quarter on enrollment drop, loan losses

January 24, 2013
J.K. Wall
ITT Educational Services Inc. shares swooned Thursday morning after the private educator reported sinking revenue and a $9.5 million loss in the fourth quarter. But the stock rebounded strongly later Thursday.
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Lampoon paid for Durham’s defense, trustee alleges

January 23, 2013
Scott Olson
Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee Brian Bash, charged with recovering funds for Fair investors, alleges in a court filing that National Lampoon funded convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham's defense. Durham is a former CEO of the film company.
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Ex-councilor Bateman agrees to plead guilty to fraud charges

January 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Paul C. Bateman Jr., a former Democrat city-county councilor, agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to 13 counts of money laundering and wire fraud for his part in defrauding an Indianapolis physician of $1.7 million.
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Local buyout firm acquires New York shapewear maker

January 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis investment firm E&A Industries has acquired a fast-growing New York apparel firm specializing in body-slimming fashions, the companies announced Tuesday.
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Local tooling manufacturer acquired by private-equity firm

January 21, 2013
Techniks Inc., a designer and distributor of industrial cutting tools, has been acquired by Tenex Capital Management. Tenex, in turn, merged Techniks into another of its companies, Jasper-based Nap Gladu, to form a new holding company.
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