Banking & Finance

Former CEO sentenced for federal tax evasion

June 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Joseph C. Scott, 54, the former CEO at KSM Profit Advisors LLC, was convicted of underreporting his income taxes from 2005 to 2009, resulting in unpaid taxes of nearly $600,000.
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Ponzi scheme leader gets 10 years in prison

June 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Rudolf "Rudi" Pameijer, a former Johnson County insurance agent who pleaded guilty to scamming $1.8 million from two dozen investors, was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison, with eight of those years suspended.
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Lender to bankrupt country club puts on suitor’s cap

June 7, 2014
Greg Andrews
The lender for the Hawthorns Golf & Country Club is an affiliate of California-based Concert Golf Partners, which hopes to convert its debt into ownership of the Fishers club.
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Adviser who swindled Ball State out of $8M gets 4 years

June 6, 2014
Bloomberg News
Seth Beoku Betts persuaded the university to give him money to invest in collateralized mortgage obligations. His attorney say he lost the money through bad investments, but prosecutors say he spent much of it on himself, including buying a $1.5 million home in Florida.
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State plans conference to examine tax structure

June 4, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
More than 200 local and national tax professionals and policy makers will participate in the Indiana Competitiveness and Simplification Conference on June 24 at the Indiana Government Center.
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Old National scoops up Lafayette Savings Bank for $42M

June 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The purchase of LSB Financial Corp., parent of Lafayette Savings Bank, will add $366 million in assets and five branches to Old National's portfolio.
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HHGregg’s board is bullish, but analysts remain skittish

May 31, 2014
Greg Andrews
The company scarfed up $49 million of its stock under a buyback program that ran from May 2013 to May 2014. And last month, the company launched a new buyback program, this one for $40 million.
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Former Chase employee gets 16-month prison sentence

May 27, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
An Indianapolis woman embezzled more than $400,000 from JP Morgan Chase in an electronic-transfer scheme that lasted eight years.
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Stock tied to IPO catapults pay for Springleaf execs

May 24, 2014
Two executives with the Evansville-based lender received big stock awards in connection with the company's IPO. The awards put the pair No. 1 and No. 2 on IBJ's list of highest-paid Hoosier executives.
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Interactive's stock drop shows vagaries of Wall Street

May 24, 2014
Greg Andrews
The greater success Interactive Intelligence enjoys transitioning customers to the cloud, the greater the drag on short-term results.
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Executive pay continues on upswing

May 24, 2014
Dan Human
The median senior executive collected $923,705 in salary, stock or stock options, incentive pay and perks in 2013, IBJ found in a review of proxy statements at 64 companies.The median compensation rose 20 percent from 2012 and doubled since 2006.
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HDG Mansur affiliates file Chapter 11 to halt $5.8M judgment

May 23, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
The judgment in a New York court stems from allegations by a Sharia fund that the affiliates stole funds. HDG argued that it charged the additional fees to rectify a billing error.
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HDG Mansur affiliate losing ownership of Market Tower

May 21, 2014
Scott Olson
A Marion Superior Court judge on Tuesday entered a judgment to foreclose on the downtown building after MT Acquisitions LLC failed to pay its nearly $60 million mortgage balance.
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Credit unions back to normal following unusual 2012 highRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Net income growth among nine big credit unions serving the metro area moderated in 2013 after record earnings for the industry locally and largely across the nation in 2012.
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Banks scrambling to find experienced workersRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Many banks let training languish in an era when consolidation made it easy to snap up veterans. Now, with boomers starting to retire, banks want to pass the baton smoothly.
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BMO Harris shaking up rules of game for car loansRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
BMO Harris Bank’s dealer compensation change—to a flat-fee based on a vehicle’s purchase price—brings to light how consumers have for years unknowingly footed a payment to dealers through higher interest rates on their car loans.
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Stonegate Mortgage results tumble in first quarter

May 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Despite bucking an industry downturn in mortgage loan originations during the first quarter, Stonegate Mortgage Corp. on Thursday reported a net loss of $7.9 million.
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State has $400 million in unclaimed property

May 12, 2014
Associated Press
Attorney General Greg Zoeller is encouraging people to check an online database to see if they can lay claim to unclaimed assets.
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Feds probe whether HDG Mansur took millions from clientRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Scott Olson
HDG Mansur has divulged in court documents that it’s the target of a federal criminal probe for allegedly skimming millions of dollars from a client.
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Indiana bank expands reach with branch acquisitions

May 9, 2014
Chris O'Malley
First Farmers Financial Corp. said Thursday it is assuming deposits of nine BMO Harris Bank branches in Indiana. It will acquire seven of the nine branch buildings and employees of all nine branches.
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Mortgage rates sink to 2014 low

May 8, 2014
Associated Press
Warmer weather has yet to boost home-buying as it normally does. Rising prices and higher rates have made affordability a problem for would-be buyers, while many homeowners are reluctant to list their properties for sale.
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Ex-felon fighting denial of mortgage loan license

May 8, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The state’s authority to license mortgage loan originators is at stake in a case pending at the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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CNO takes big earnings hit to dispose of old business

April 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Excluding the cost of finally shedding a block of business from predecessor Conseco Inc., CNO's operations were on the upswing in the first quarter.
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ITT student-loan bet stings Lilly's credit union

April 26, 2014
Chris O'Malley
A default-prone portfolio of loans to ITT Educational Services students has come back to haunt Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union, a full-service but otherwise conservative institution.
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Mortgage originators proliferating in IndianaRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Numbers surge after elimination of state-specific test; impact on competition, borrowers remains to be seen
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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