Bankruptcy

Casino operator Centaur aims to exit bankruptcy much leaner

August 21, 2010
Scott Olson
Centaur plans to sell a casino west of Denver and a stalled casino development near Pittsburgh.
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Fair Finance trustee finds lots of debts, few assets

August 14, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham, Fair’s co-owner and CEO, burned through staggering sums on a lavish lifestyle, loans and gifts to friends, and loans to businesses he partly owned that performed dismally.
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Tim Durham closes New Castle restaurant

August 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
A sign on the door of Durhams Ristorante says the moderately priced Italian eatery will be "closed until further notice."
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Lawmaker wants Durham donations returned

August 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
State Rep. Ed DeLaney of Indianapolis said Thursday that contributions of more than $800,000 by Indianapolis businessman Timothy Durham should be sent to a bankruptcy trustee for Ohio investment firm Fair Finance Co., which was forced into bankruptcy earlier this year.
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Trustee pressing Daniels, others to return Durham's donations

August 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Trustee Brian Bash has sent letters to politicians who he says received a total of $900,000 in funds Durham had borrowed from the coffers of Fair Finance, a now-bankrupt investment firm based in Ohio.
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Trustee: Durham used Fair funds for gambling, donations

August 3, 2010
Greg Andrews, Associated Press
The bankruptcy trustee said Durham spent $2.8 million on gambling and resorts, $3.3 million on interior decorating and $14 million on real estate.
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Lauth moving HQ to North Meridian office building

July 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Lauth Group Inc. will relocate its headquarters to a North Meridian Street office building as part of a bankruptcy court settlement, the company announced Thursday afternoon.
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Trustee sues real estate exec for $115M

July 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
The founder of an Indianapolis real estate firm is accused of preying on longtime friends to help a Miami man perpetrate a $900 million Ponzi scheme. Sydney “Jack” Williams persuaded more than a dozen Indiana investors to lend millions of dollars at high interest rates to a food brokerage firm called Capitol Investments USA Inc.
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FBI scoops up Tim Durham's car collection

June 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
An agreement with Durham's attorney paved the way for FBI agents to pick up 18 cars from Durham's residences in Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
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Trustee asks for Hansen & Horn bankruptcy to be dismissed

June 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Beleaguered home builder doesn't appear to have funds available to pay an attorney to prepare necessary paperwork for Chapter 7 liquidation, trustee says in court filing.
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Durham willingly turning over assets in Fair bankruptcy

June 26, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham, the Indianapolis businessman who purchased Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. eight years ago, is facing up to the reality he owes the company a bundle and is shoveling over assets. Nevertheless, the FBI seized some Durham vehicles on June 24.
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Durham attorney blasts FBI after vehicle seizures

June 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
Embattled financier Tim Durham's lawyer, Larry Mackey, said the FBI should have known a bankruptcy trustee had the titles. An attorney for the trustee said investigators were aware.
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Durham poised to turn over proceeds of mansion sale

June 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
Beleaguered financier Tim Durham acknowledges owing millions to Fair Finance and is turning over artwork and selling assets to reduce the loan, according to an attorney overseeing the company's bankruptcy.
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Durham's Geist mansion listed for $5.5 million

June 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Beleaguered local businessman Tim Durham's Geist home is listed for sale with a $5.5 million asking price.
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Simon withdraws bid for General Growth

May 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. has withdrawn its offer for General Growth Properties Inc. after a bankruptcy court judge approved a sale process that gives an advantage to a group lead by rival bidder Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
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Records

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Public records listing from the May 3, 2010, edition of IBJ.
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General Growth hearing delayed to weigh bids

April 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc., the second-biggest U.S. mall owner, said a bankruptcy court hearing on its auction process will be delayed five days to give the company time to consider competing bids, including one from Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group.
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Simon adds $1.1B to General Growth proposal

April 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc. added four backers to its proposal to help rival mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. emerge from bankruptcy, increasing the plan’s total investment by $1.1 billion.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Dan Laikin for $19M

April 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
The suit against Laikin, a longtime friend of Fair Finance CEO Tim Durham, is the first major legal move to untangle the morass of related-party loans that propelled the company into insolvency.
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Centaur's junior lenders press for bankruptcy liquidation

April 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Unsatisfied with the Hoosier Park owner's reorganization plan, hedge funds represented by Wells Fargo Bank petition for conversion of Chapter 11 bankruptcy into Chapter 7.
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Report: Simon may drop General Growth bid

April 12, 2010
Bloomberg News
Shares in General Growth Properties Inc., the second-biggest U.S. mall owner, fell as much as 6.7 percent Monday morning after a newsletter report that Simon Property Group Inc. may abandon a takeover bid for its smaller rival.
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Centaur bets on risky restructuring planRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Bankrupt Hoosier Park owner Centaur Inc. has offered its creditors a risky reorganization plan. For it to work, dozens of hedge funds must stay in the game, in return for a chance to buy a big chunk of the company later.
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Path to Fair Finance funds full of detours, roadblocksRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Greg Andrews
The troubles at U.S. Rubber Reclaiming demonstrate the challenges a bankruptcy trustee faces in trying to recover money for investors.
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Downgrade a red flag for Indiana Live casino

April 3, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
New York-based Moody's Investors Service has downgraded its credit rating for Indiana Live horse track and casino, a warning signal that the Shelbyville facility may soon follow its Anderson counterpart Hoosier Park into bankruptcy.
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Vogue owner's bankruptcy may force sale of venueRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A mix of business and personal woes have pushed Steven Carter Ross, the longtime owner and manager of the Vogue nightclub, into personal bankruptcy. Now a judge must decide whether Ross can keep the popular Broad Ripple music venue, or if he must sell it to satisfy his creditors and his estranged wife.
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