Bankruptcy

Officials: Fair Finance largest fraud case in state's history

March 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Indictment_WatchVideoTimothy S. Durham (pictured at far left), James F. Cochran and Rick D. Snow were all arrested on Wednesday following a grand jury indictment.
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BREAKING: Durham, two other executives indicted for fraud

March 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Beleaguered local businessman Tim Durham and two other executives tied to bankrupt Fair Finance Co. have been indicted on felony charges of wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a complaint against the men in federal court.
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Suitors circle faltering racinoRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Two racetrack owners have signaled they’re interested in buying Indiana Live racetrack and casino in Shelbyville as the facility begins to sort out its massive debt.
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Bankruptcy filings ease slightly in Indiana

February 28, 2011
Scott Olson
Total bankruptcy filings in the Southern District of Indiana, which encompasses Indianapolis and the surrounding counties, ticked down last year. Business bankruptcies in Indiana dropped 3.2 percent.
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Fair bankruptcy trustee hears from prospective Lampoon suitors

February 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee is getting inquiries from parties interested in buying National Lampoon Inc., the Los Angeles-based comedy business led by embattled Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham.
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Court OKs reorganization plan for Hoosier Park owner

February 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino owner Centaur LLC last week won court approval of its plan to cut debt by about $636 million and exit bankruptcy.
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Castleton Plaza seeks bankruptcy reorganization

February 18, 2011
Scott Olson
Shopping center on East 82nd Street lists nearly $10.4 million in liabilities and about $7.6 million in assets. The Chapter 11 filing follows a request to foreclose on the property from the center's lender.
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E-mails detail Fair Finance partner's money woes

February 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
E-mails filed in bankruptcy court this week show that Fair Finance Co. co-owner Jim Cochran spent money with such abandon that by 2008 he was living off credit cards and imploring CEO Tim Durham to more than double his salary to $1 million.
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UPDATE: Borders files bankruptcy, to close 2 area stores

February 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Borders will close its downtown-Indianapolis and Carmel stores as part of its plan to shutter about 30 percent of its stores nationally.
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Fair trustee: Durham committed fraud of 'shocking proportions'

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee alleges Tim Durham perpetrated a fraud of  "shocking proportions,” draining huge sums from the Akron, Ohio, firm for years to mask that his business empire had collapsed.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Indy attorney for $375,000

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
The loan from Fair Finance Co. to Stephen and Linda Plopper matured in 2006, but the couple has failed to satisfy the debt despite recent demands for payment, the suit alleges.
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Fair Finance trustee still searching for deep-pocketed saviorRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Trustee Brian Bash and his legal team have yet to publicly implicate anyone who appears to have the cash to substantially reduce the staggering losses.
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Durham car collection fetches $2.2M

January 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
A 1929 Duesenberg once driven by Elvis Presley garnered the largest price—$1.237 million.
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Tim Durham's exotic cars hit auction block

January 21, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.'s bankruptcy trustee scheduled the Friday auction to raise money for creditors of the defunct company, including more than 5,000 Ohio residents who hold more than $200 million in unsecured investment certificates.
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FedEx fights to overturn jury's $66M award to ATARestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
ATA charged in the two-year-old breach-of-contract suit that FedEx’s unexpected decision in January 2008 to drop it as a military-charter partner forced it into bankruptcy liquidation that spring.
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Hoosier Park parent set to emerge from bankruptcy

December 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s parent company could emerge from bankruptcy early next year if creditors approve a reorganization plan that’s set for a court hearing in Delaware on Feb. 1.
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Bankruptcy trustee sues Durham art bidders

November 18, 2010
Jim Mackinnon / Akron Beacon Journal
A Florida art dealer who successfully bid more than $260,000 on artwork that once belonged to Fair Finance Co. co-owner Timothy Durham says he canceled the sale. Now he and another big bidder from Philadelphia are being sued by Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee Brian Bash for nonpayment.
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Moe & Johnny’s owner files for bankruptcy reorganization

November 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Owner Chuck Mack says popular tavern and restaurant Moe & Johnny's, open in Broad Ripple since 1996, is in no danger of closing despite the Chapter 11 filing.
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Owner of city apartment complex files Chapter 11

October 26, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The owner of a 518-unit apartment complex on the northwest side of Indianapolis is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it disputes the amount of its mortgage debt with its lender.
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Developer tied to Ponzi slides into bankruptcyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sydney "Jack" Williams earned commissions by persuading dozens of investors, many with Indiana ties, to lend millions of dollars to a business that turned out to be fake.
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Fair Finance artwork fetches more than $400,000 at auction

October 17, 2010
Jim Mackinnon / Akron Beacon Journal
Saturday's art auction of work collected by Fair Finance co-owner Timothy Durham raised more than $400,000 — well above what the Akron company's bankruptcy trustee and even the auctioneer thought would be brought in.
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Durham art auction offers hope for Ohio investors

October 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
The eclectic art collection of disgraced financier Tim Durham will hit the auction block Saturday in a sale that could help restore a small portion of the money lost by investors in Ohio's Fair Finance.
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Developer of Binford Medical Complex files for Chapter 11

October 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
The developer of an unfinished medical office complex on Binford Boulevard has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in hopes it can retain control of the property and resume construction later this year.
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Local environmental contractor declares bankruptcy

October 8, 2010
Indianapolis-based ESI Environmental Inc. filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The firm was the area's second-largest environmental contractor based on revenue, according to the most recent IBJ statistics.
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Williams Realty founder pleads the Fifth in Ponzi case

September 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
A former Indianapolis developer accused of luring more than a dozen Hoosiers into a $900 million Ponzi scheme invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 850 times when questioned under oath in Florida.
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