Fraud

Durham victims wait and wait, as quest for cash continues

July 5, 2014
Greg Andrews
The bankruptcy trustee who has been trying to scrape together money for victims of Indianapolis financier Tim Durham’s Ponzi scheme just struck two lawsuit settlements that underscore the daunting obstacles he faces.
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Defendant in Land Bank fraud case pleads guilty

June 20, 2014
Cory Schouten
One of five defendants in an alleged kickback scheme involving the Indy Land Bank has pleaded guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors.
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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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Jury convicts Fishers man on 10 counts of fraud

June 5, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Hrond Arman Gasparian, 67, was involved in two separate but related schemes, according to prosecutors. One involved stealing $400,000 from an Indianapolis church.
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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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UPDATE: Doctors nationwide victimized in ID theft fraud

May 9, 2014
Associated Press
The American Medical Association says the exact number of doctors affected by tax fraud isn't known, but hundreds of cases have been confirmed, including dozens in Indiana.
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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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UPDATE: Nine at dental practice charged in fraud probe

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Prosecutors have charged the owner of an Anderson dental practice and eight of her employees in connection with a Medicaid fraud investigation.
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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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Indianapolis businessman indicted for health care fraud

January 29, 2014
J.K. Wall
Ronald Reed, the owner of Benchmark Mobility Corp., allegedly billed the Medicaid and Medicare programs for used wheelchairs, scooters and lift chairs as if they were brand new, obtaining nearly $443,000 in fraudulent sales.
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Cash-strapped Fair Finance CFO agrees to $50M settlementRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Greg Andrews
An attorney for Rick Snow says the executive agreed to the deal because he lacked the money to fight the suit, not because he actually has the money.
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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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Still nothing for investors, as Fair Finance legal fees balloon

November 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
The Cleveland law firm representing the bankruptcy Trustee Brian Bash is seeking approval for more than $11 million in fees.
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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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Judge sentences attorney Page to probation, fine

November 4, 2013
Cory Schouten
Attorney and real estate developer Paul J. Page will serve two years of probation and pay a $10,000 fine for concealing the source of a $362,000 down payment on his purchase of a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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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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Fair bankruptcy judge issues $33M verdict against Dan Laikin

October 25, 2013
Greg Andrews
The case stems from a line of credit the Indianapolis businessman received from Tim Durham's Fair Finance Co. Attorneys for the failed company said Laikin amassed tens of millions of dollars in debt he never repaid.
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Conour gets 10-year sentence in $6.7M fraud case

October 17, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff
Former attorney William Conour sat in a federal courtroom Thursday afternoon and listened to several of his former clients tearfully describe how he had lied to them and stolen money from their settlements. The judge imposed half of the maximum sentence.
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Prosecutors urge 20-year sentence for lawyer Conour in $7M fraud

October 15, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The toll from fraud perpetrated by former personal-injury attorney William Conour has increased significantly from earlier estimates, federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday.
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Former Simon executive faces fraud charge

October 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh have charged Mark Palombaro of Carmel with a single count of mail fraud in connection with a kickback scheme.
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Indiana sues estate of alleged Ponzi schemer

October 3, 2013
Associated Press
The state has gone to court to freeze the assets of the estate of a dead Kokomo investment adviser so the money can provide possible restitution to victims of a Ponzi scheme who might include former National Football League players.
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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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Biofuel fraud case shines light on Imperial CEO

September 19, 2013
Dan Human
Federal prosecutors say Jeffrey Wilson did not initially know about a fraud scheme in Imperial Petroleum's new subsidiary, E-Biofuels, but allowed the deception to continue once he did, costing investors tens of millions of dollars.
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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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