Banking & Finance

Slinky maker’s owner buys bankrupt Fundex for $1.7M

December 20, 2012
Scott Olson
Private equity firm Propel Equity Partners is acquiring Fundex following a court-ordered auction in which a surprise bidder surfaced, driving up the price of the company.
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Former country club controller gets 2 years for fraud

December 19, 2012
Associated Press
Officials say Denise Abrell defrauded the Country Club of Indianapolis of $400,000 by writing checks to herself and using the club's credit card without its knowledge.
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Auditors: Tech issues, worker rush led to state tax errors

December 17, 2012
Associated Press
Auditors investigating Indiana's Department of Revenue are saying outdated technology and a work culture that sacrificed accuracy for speed led to $526 million in tax errors from the state.
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Analysis: Simon factions make peace as tax hike looms

December 14, 2012
Cory Schouten
Widow Bren Simon and her stepchildren finally managed to settle a long legal battle over the estate of mall magnate Melvin Simon. The goal that appears to have united the survivors: Reducing Uncle Sam's take of a fortune that has swelled to nearly $3 billion.
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Actuarial firm plans expansion at Indy office

December 14, 2012
Milliman Inc. said it will add 26 jobs by 2017 and invest $2 million to install additional information technology equipment at its office in downtown's Chase Tower.
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Home seizures by banks rise in Indiana, nationally

December 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Home repossessions rose in 29 states and the District of Columbia in November, led by an increase of 96 percent in Indiana. However, the number of homes starting on the path to foreclosure declined to the lowest level in six years.
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Simon’s Rushmore Mall loan sent to servicer, Fitch says

December 12, 2012
Bloomberg News
A loan with a balance of $94 million on a South Dakota shopping center owned by Simon Property Group was sent to a special servicer because default is imminent, Fitch Ratings said.
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Cummins to buy back up to $1B in stock

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
Cummins Inc. said Tuesday that its board approved the repurchase of up to $1 billion in stock. The Columbus-based engine maker said it has nearly completed its previous $1 billion buyback plan authorized in February 2011.
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Indiana SBA lending drops in 2012, but still exceeds 2010Restricted Content

December 8, 2012
Indiana businesses borrowed $424.7 million through U.S. Small Business Administration programs in 2012, an 18-percent decline from 2011, latest SBA statistics show.
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Investors let down guard, opening door to Durham fraudRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Greg Andrews
Shouldn’t the 5,100 Ohio investors who lost more than $200 million when Fair collapsed have seen Fair’s lofty interest rates as a red flag?
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Midwest Energy oil firm drilling for $15MRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis investment advisory oil firm has been looking for blowouts in its own back yard. Midwest Energy Partners is preparing for its seventh—and largest—round of funding to pay for oil drilling in southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
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Pence taps banker Alley to stay in administration post

December 5, 2012
Former bank executive Mike Alley will continue in his position as commissioner of Indiana’s Department of Revenue under Gov.-elect Mike Pence. Pence also announced two more cabinet appointments.
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First Internet Bancorp seeking to list on NASDAQ

December 5, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based company said it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to make the move from the over-the-counter board to the more active NASDAQ exchange.
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Nico raises $6.5 million more from existing investors

December 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Nico Corp. wants to use its new round of capital to develop brain surgery products to address diseases that were often considered inoperable, such as metastatic brain cancer and intracerebral hemorrhages.
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Slinky maker hoping to purchase bankrupt Fundex

December 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Plainfield-based Fundex Games Ltd., which filed for bankruptcy protection in September, said Poof-Slinky Inc. is the only potential purchaser that has shown interest in acquiring the company's assets.
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Successful Durham appeal unlikely, outside lawyers say

December 3, 2012
Scott Olson
Local criminal defense lawyers who tracked the trial of Tim Durham and his accomplices say chances are slim that they would prevail on appeal. One said Durham would have a better chance of winning the lottery.
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VC funds hope to help early-stage life sciences firmsRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
Early-stage venture capital has been harder and harder to come by for life sciences companies in recent years, but two Indianapolis investors are working to raise sizable funds to help fill the gap.
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Durham gets 50 years for fraud scheme

November 30, 2012
Greg Andrews, Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
Former Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham was sentenced to 50 years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme that led to the collapse of Fair Finance, costing thousands of investors $250 million. Accomplices Jim Cochran and Rick Snow received 25 years and 10 years, respectively.
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Live tweets from Durham sentencing

November 30, 2012
Cory Schouten
IBJ provided ongoing updates from the courthouse where Ponzi schemer Tim Durham and two accomplices were sentenced Friday afternoon.
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KAR Auction Services declares first dividend

November 30, 2012
Associated Press
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. is declaring its first quarterly dividend since going public in December 2009.
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Durham fate rests in judge's hands

November 29, 2012
Cory Schouten
Convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham and two accomplices will find out Friday whether they will spend the rest of their lives in prison.
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Church's fate in judge's hands after insurance scheme sours

November 28, 2012
Cory Schouten
A federal judge will determine whether an Anderson church can exit bankruptcy with a lighter debt load, over objections from its bank lender, after a church scheme to profit by selling life insurance on its elderly members failed.
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Local designer’s bankruptcy tied to Fair Finance

November 28, 2012
Scott Olson
SC Design Inc. lists debt of $1.5 million. Most of it is owed to Fair Finance, formerly co-owned by convicted fraudster Tim Durham, through a claim filed by a trustee seeking to recover investor funds.
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Prosecutors: Durham, accomplices deserve life sentences

November 27, 2012
Scott Olson
Saying their crimes were "as serious as any financial fraud crime ever committed," federal prosecutors re-emphasized Monday their recommendation that Ponzi schemer Tim Durham and his two accomplices deserve to spend the rest of their lives in prison.
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Durham asks court for five-year sentence

November 26, 2012
Scott Olson
Convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham is requesting a much shorter prison stay than the life sentence federal prosecutors want him to serve. The convicted Ponzi schemer and two associates are set to be sentenced Friday.
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