Criminal Charges

Two women charged with faking state fair claims

December 27, 2011
Associated Press
Two Indianapolis women were charged Tuesday with making false claims to try to collect money from funds intended for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Latest Fair Finance suits target Durham associates

December 27, 2011
Greg Andrews
Defendants include companies affiliated with Indianapolis restaurateur Henri Najem, the rapper Ludracis and former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Blair Kiel.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist receives seven years for economic espionage

December 21, 2011
Kexue Huang was sentenced after pleading guilty in October to sending Dow AgroSciences trade secrets to China and Germany.
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City-County councilor, two others indicted in scheme to defraud

December 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A City-County Council member and two associates persuaded an Indiana physician to invest $1.7 million in their foundation and an ethanol-production business they said would fund it, but instead spent the money on personal luxuries, according to a federal indictment filed late Tuesday.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist set to be sentenced in espionage case

December 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Federal prosecutors are recommending that Kexue Huang be sentenced to 87 months in prison for sending trade secrets worth millions to China and Germany.
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Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

December 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.
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Grand jury indicts local real estate broker Bales

December 14, 2011
Cory Schouten
A grand jury in South Bend has returned a 14-count criminal indictment against Indianapolis real estate broker John M. Bales and two associates over a state lease deal in Elkhart that was first revealed as part of an IBJ investigation.
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Feds: Hauke OK'd disastrous real estate investments

December 14, 2011
Greg Andrews
Prosecutors allege Fishers investment manager Keenan Hauke hid losses for seven years by shifting assets among accounts and using new investors’ money to fund withdrawals.
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Judge in high-stakes lawsuit drowns lawyers in praiseRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Greg Andrews
The federal judge said class counsel achieved “fabulous results with incredible efficiency” and that he had never been more proud of his profession in his 36-year legal career.
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Brizzi agrees to pay Fair Finance nearly $200K

November 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
The Fair Finance trustee alleged that, in addition to being huge campaign contributors to former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, Tim Durham and his companies helped cover Brizzi's personal expenses.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist pleads guilty in espionage case

October 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Kexue Huang faces up to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday morning to sending trade secrets worth millions to China and Germany.
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Judge denies Plowman request to overturn convictions

September 29, 2011
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman had asked a judge to overturn his attempted extortion and bribery convictions after a jury found him guilty of the charges Sept. 15.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist makes plea in trade-secret case

September 15, 2011
Associated Press
A former Indiana scientist has agreed to plead guilty to charges of illegally sending trade secrets worth $300 million to China and Germany.
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Ex-Ohio State, Colts player pleads guilty in scam

September 15, 2011
Associated Press
Former Ohio State University and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Art Schlichter, whose football career was derailed by a gambling addiction, has pleaded guilty to state theft charges linked to a sports ticket fraud scheme.
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Former City-County Councilor Plowman found guilty

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Former City County Councilor Lincoln Plowman, found guilty Thursday afternoon of federal bribery and attempted extortion charges, will await sentencing on home detention.
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Jury hears closing arguments in Plowman case

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman is accused of using his official position to collect $6,000 to help gain zoning approval for a new strip club. He's charged with bribery and attempted extortion.
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Video shows former councilor taking money from FBI agent

September 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Prosecutors showed video in court of a former Indianapolis City-County Council member taking what they say was a $5,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent seeking help opening a strip club in the city.
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Former City-County Councilor’s trial gets under way

September 6, 2011
Scott Olson
An attorney for Lincoln Plowman, a former City-County Council member on trial for attempted extortion, says his client was seeking payment for his services, not soliciting a bribe from an undercover agent posing as a strip-club operator.
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Former real estate exec to plead guilty to wire fraud

September 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Kim Hutchinson, former treasurer of J. Greg Allen Builders and Princeton Homes, agreed to plead guilty to stealing $446,419. Her cooperation likely will result in a lighter sentence of 30 to 40 months.
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Plea deal in fraud case provides restitution to Clabber GirlRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Greg Andrews
A high-living Manhattan businesswoman accused of an audacious fraud that cost some of central Indiana’s marquee companies millions of dollars has cut a deal with prosecutors that would ensure she spends no more than 31 months in prison.
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Woman sentenced for illegal immigration service

July 29, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
M. Esther Barber, who is not an attorney, advertised herself to the Spanish-speaking community as a “notario” who can assist with immigration legal issues.
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Prosecutor drops charges against OmniSource

July 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi brought stolen property charges against scrap yard operator OmniSource. But his successor, Terry Curry, said the evidence doesn't support the allegations.
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Indicted businessman to remain in halfway house

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge has denied a request by Tim Durham, who is accused in a $200 million fraud scheme, to be released from an Indianapolis halfway house
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Battery charges dropped against Fair Finance co-owner

March 31, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office has dropped domestic battery charges against Fair Finance Co. co-owner Jim Cochran after the alleged victims declined to pursue the case.
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Judge unseals some Fair Finance raid records

March 30, 2011
Greg Andrews
Still under wraps is the the FBI affidavit in support of the Fair Finance search warrant. Prosecutors contend releasing that "would greatly prejudice the criminal case."
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  1. Thank you to the scientists who care enough to find a cure. We are so lucky that their intelligence has brought them to these understandings because it is through these understandings that we have new hope. Certainly the medicine will be expensive, these drugs usually are, especially the ones that are not mass produced. If I know anything from the walks that my town has put on for FA it is this: people care and people want to help. Donations and financial support can and will come to those who need it. All we need is a cure, the money will come. I mean, look at what these scientists have done thanks to the generosity of donors. 30 million dollars brings us here where we can talk about a drug's existence! There is so much to be frustrated about in this world, but this scientific break is not one of them. I am so happy for this new found hope. Thank you so much to the scientists who have been slaving away to help my friends with FA. We wish you speedy success in the time to come!

  2. I love tiny neighborhood bars-- when I travel city to city for work, it's my preference to find them. However, too many still having smoking inside. So I'm limited to bars in the cities that have smoking bans. I travel to Kokomo often, and I can promise, I'll be one of those people who visit the ma and pa bars once they're smoke free!

  3. I believe the issue with keystone & 96th was due to running out of funds though there were other factors. I just hope that a similar situation does not befall ST RD 37 where only half of the overhaul gets built.

  4. It's so great to see a country founded on freedom uphold the freedom for all people to work and patronize a public venue without risking their health! People do not go to bars to smoke, they can take it outside.

  5. So, Hurko, mass transit has not proven itself in Indy so we should build incredibly expensive train lines? How would that fix the lack of demand? And as far as those double decker buses to bus people in from suburbs, we can't fill up a regular sized buses now and have had to cancel lines and greatly subsidize others. No need for double decker buses there.

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