Criminal Charges

Ex-Center Township trustee official charged with theft

July 1, 2014
Scott Olson
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged former CFO Alan S. Mizen, 59, of Zionsville with theft and embezzlement of federal program funds. If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
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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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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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Not-for-profit leader faces tax evasion, perjury charges

May 29, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Byron Alston, a high-profile employee of the anti-crime Ten Point Coalition and founder of the not-for-profit group Save the Youth, Inc., is facing four felony counts of tax evasion and one count of perjury after an investigation led by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.
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Indianapolis doctor gets 10 years for drug charges

May 27, 2014
Associated Press
A judge has sentenced an Indianapolis doctor to 10 years in prison for writing illicit prescriptions for powerful painkillers after the Drug Enforcement Administration had suspended his authority to dispense controlled substances.
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Irsay formally charged with two misdemeanors

May 24, 2014
Associated Press
Police had filed four preliminary felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, stemming from his intoxicated driving arrest near his home in March. Prosecutors took weeks before deciding to file the misdemeanor charges instead.
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Former real estate broker faces felony charges

May 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Marion County prosecutor’s office said David Garden was charged with corrupt business influence, 11 counts of forgery and 15 counts of theft.
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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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Former GIPC chief faces forgery, theft counts

May 1, 2014
Jeff Newman
The former executive director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee was charged Thursday with 26 counts of forgery and one count of theft for allegedly misappropriating more than $96,000 of the organization’s money.
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Three more charged in $80M heist of Lilly drugs

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
Three Florida men who federal authorities say stole about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly and Co. warehouse in Connecticut have been charged with conspiracy and theft.
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Irsay arrest spurs talk of Colts succession planRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay gave a clear signal in 2012 about his long-term succession plan by naming his three daughters vice chairwomen and co-owners. His March 16 arrest might hasten the launch of that plan, or at the very least give Colts fans a glimpse of what it will look like.
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Irsay arrest may bring NFL punishment, sharpen scrutiny on bowl bid

March 17, 2014
Anthony Schoetle
The drug-related arrest of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay could bring repercussions from the National Football League and might play a factor in the city's bid for the 2018 Super Bowl.
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Former Simon exec sentenced in mail fraud scheme

March 3, 2014
Scott Olson
Carmel resident Mark Palombaro received a sentence of 18 months in a federal prison for perpetrating a construction kickback scheme in Pennsylvania that prosecutors say netted him $766,000.
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Jury acquits music venue manager in 2009 fire

February 1, 2014
Associated Press
A Brown County jury on Friday acquitted James Bowyer of Morgantown on all charges in his arson trial. He was accused of setting the fire that destroyed the Little Nashville Opry in September 2009.
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Trial set to start over burned Brown County music hall

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
A trial is set to start this week for the former manager of a central Indiana concert hall on charges he set the fire that destroyed it more than four years ago.
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Man charged with trying to send Iran fighter-jet documents

January 13, 2014
Bloomberg News
Mozaffar Khazaee, a native of Iran who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1991 and recently moved to Indianapolis, was arrested before he was able to board a connecting flight to Frankfurt.
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Courtroom drama features local names

December 28, 2013
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten, J.K. Wall
Several of the top local business stories of 2013 involved legal battles with big-name participants.
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Church office manager charged with $177K theft

December 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff
An officer manager for an Indianapolis church faces charges of theft and forgery, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday, after more than $177,000 was stolen from the church’s bank accounts.
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Prosecutors concede no ground in Tim Durham’s appeal

December 7, 2013
Greg Andrews
In a new brief, the government insists it pursued wiretaps in late 2009 only after investigating the business using less-invasive techniques for 7-1/2 months.
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Bisard gets 13 years in prison in fatal crash

November 26, 2013
Associated Press
A former Indianapolis police officer convicted of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a motorcyclist and seriously injured two others was sentenced to 13 years in prison Tuesday.
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Former deputy prosecutor escapes jail time in sentencing

November 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
David Wyser pleaded guilty in July to charges of accepting a $2,500 bribe in 2009 from a prisoner's father to reduce her 70-year sentence on murder charges.
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Durham family members agree to settle trustee claims

November 8, 2013
Attorneys for the Fair Finance trustee said Tim Durham's ex-wife, Joan SerVaas, has agreed to pay $100,000 and Bernard Durham, his adopted son, $10,000 to settle a lawsuit charging they accepted nearly $300,000 from the disgraced financier.
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Former Simon exec pleads guilty to fraud in kickback scheme

November 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Carmel resident Mark Palombaro, 55, likely faces prison time after admitting to his role in a scheme that prosecutors say netted him $766,000.
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Prosecutors seeking 14-month sentence for attorney Page

November 1, 2013
Cory Schouten
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Indianapolis attorney Paul J. Page to prison for his role in a real estate deal involving a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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Ex-FBI agent to plead guilty to leaking classified intelligence

September 24, 2013
Bloomberg News
Donald Sachtleben, a 55-year-old Carmel resident, admitted being the source for an AP story about an intelligence operation in Yemen that foiled a plot to blow up an airliner.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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