Criminal Charges

Durham backers who exited early now taking financial hitRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Greg Andrews
A group of elite Indianapolis investors who cashed out before Tim Durham's financial empire collapsed have reached a settlement with a bankruptcy trustee requiring them to give most of their money back.
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Durham's appeal hangs on tossing damaging wiretapsRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for Tim Durham and his co-defendants cast their clients’ convictions on a total of 25 felony counts as the result of a string of legal missteps, including bungled jury instructions, and giving investigators the right to conduct wiretaps without first demonstrating that “ordinary investigative techniques failed or were unlikely to succeed.”
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Former foundation exec to plead guilty to felony

August 21, 2013
Mason King
Trevor Bradley has agreed to serve jail time and repay nearly $38,000 after allegedly admitting to buying swanky merchandise with money from the Meadows Community Foundation.
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Doctor charged with overprescribing painkillers

August 19, 2013
Mason King, Associated Press
Dr. Segun Rasaki, 49, prescribed drugs like hydrocodone and methadone to people who didn't need them, and submitted fraudulent insurance claims such as duplicate billings, according to court documents.
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Ex-prosecutor pleads guilty to bribery

July 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A former Marion County deputy prosecutor formally pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting a bribe. David Wyser has agreed to tell federal prosecutors everything he knows about public corruption in Indianapolis.
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Miami man pleads guilty to $90M Lilly drug heist

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Thieves broke into the Connecticut warehouse of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. in 2010 by scaling an exterior wall and cutting a hole in the roof. They lowered themselves to the floor and disabled alarms before using a forklift to load pallets of drugs into a getaway vehicle.
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Greenwood bookkeeper gets 9 years for stealing $680K

June 20, 2013
Associated Press
Prosecutors said 53-year-old Karen Armacost forged hundreds of checks and took credit card payments between 2007 and 2012 from bank accounts maintained by Greenwood Orthopaedics.
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Former Indy attorney sentenced for theft from estate

June 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Former Indianapolis attorney David F. Rees was sentenced to four years of home detention and two years of probation after pleading guilty to stealing more than $270,000 from an estate that he was charged with managing.
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City won't take back suspect properties sold by Land Bank

June 14, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Indianapolis won't try to take back properties that were sold by its Indy Land Bank to suspect not-for-profits or to Naptown Housing Group LLC, in which former land bank director Reggie Walton is alleged to be a silent partner.
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Conour still free after hearing, but judge 'deeply concerned'

June 13, 2013
Dave Stafford
A federal judge has withheld a ruling on revoking the bond for William Conour, the former high-profile personal-injury attorney accused of defrauding 25 or more clients of at least $4.5 million.
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Former bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing $680K

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Fifty-three-year-old Karen Armacost of Franklin admitted to forging hundreds of checks between 2007 and 2012 from the Greenwood Orthopaedics surgical group.
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Feds charge 5 in Indy Land Bank kickback scheme

May 21, 2013
Cory Schouten
Federal prosecutors have charged two city employees in the Department of Metropolitan Development and three others in a scheme involving cash kickbacks on the sale of properties in the Indy Land Bank.
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Indianapolis couple charged with mail fraud

May 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
George Bowman, 43, and Traci L. Bowman, 42, are accused of falsifying purchase records and fraudulently filing insurance claims for expensive construction equipment they never purchased.
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State unlikely to act on push for lower booze level for driving

May 15, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Federal officials are recommending that states reduce the amount of alcohol people can drink and still get behind the wheel. But a key state lawmaker says that's not likely to happen in Indiana.
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Leader of fraud scheme sentenced to 4-plus years

May 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Michael Russell, 54, pleaded guilty in January to 20 counts of wire fraud and money laundering in a scheme involving former Indianapolis City-County Councilor Paul Bateman.
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Scam artist receives 34 years for home-sale scheme

May 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Shela Amos, 57, led victims in Indianapolis to believe they were legitimately purchasing vacant homes that Amos did not actually own.
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Fair Finance investors still empty-handed as trustee plows on

April 27, 2013
Greg Andrews
Many of the defendants pursued by Brian Bash and his team have few, if any, assets. And those that do have the wherewithal to fight litigation for years.
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Overhaul of sentencing laws heading to governor

April 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Senate voted 34-15 on Friday in favor of the bill aimed at sending fewer nonviolent offenders to prison.
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Four ex-IRS call center workers convicted of fraud

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
The four individuals received more than $30,000 in jobless benefits while working at an IRS call center in Indianapolis.
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Indy controller gets 29 months for bilking Frakes Engineering

March 31, 2013
Associated Press
Brenda K. Helpling was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge who also ordered her to pay more than $410,000 in restitution to Frakes Engineering. The 52-year-old had pleaded guilty in November to mail fraud.
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Richmond Hill suspect charged with plotting to kill witness

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Mark Leonard tried to arrange to have the witness to the Nov. 10 blast killed for $15,000.
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Sheridan businessman gets 8-year term for fraud

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett issued the 97-month prison term to Lowell Hancher of Hamilton County. The Sheridan businessman pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud.
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Fishers man faces federal wire fraud charges

March 22, 2013
A Fishers man has been charged with wire fraud in an alleged scheme to defraud area organizations and businesses of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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White blames Brizzi for his voter fraud conviction

March 21, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White said in court documents Thursday that his attorney didn't mount any defense to protect him from the conviction that forced him from office.
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Two local attorneys facing criminal charges

March 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry has filed charges against two Indianapolis lawyers following grand jury investigations, his office announced Friday afternoon.
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