Fraud

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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Biofuels firm's fraud cheated victims of $100M, feds say

September 18, 2013
Dan Human
Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday related to an investigation of E-biofuels LLC in Henry County, alleged to be the largest instance of tax and securities fraud in state history.
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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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Marsh Supermarkets, former CEO spar over attorney fees

September 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The company and Don Marsh each want the other to pay legal bills that, coincidentally, total about $1.7 million each. They stem from a bitter court battle between the two that concluded in July.
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Avalanche of lawsuits flows from Conour fraud

September 5, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
State and federal suits take aim at a cavalcade of local attorneys, including some who used to work with the once-prominent, personal-injury lawyer.
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Ex-lawyer who admitted to fraud wants to keep fees

August 20, 2013
Associated Press
William Conour, a former prominent Indianapolis lawyer who pleaded guilty in July to defrauding clients of $4.5 million, wants to keep $2 million in legal fees he says were legitimately earned.
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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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Convicted Conour, government agree to sale of assets for victims

August 12, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Possessions of convicted former attorney William Conour—including furniture, artwork and a collection of premium wine and champagne—could be sold to help clients Conour defrauded of at least $4.5 million.
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Don Marsh to keep $2.2M severance from grocery chain

July 30, 2013
Scott Olson
Judge Sarah Evans Barker issued an order allowing Marsh to keep the severance paid by his former company, which attempted to recover the payments from him. The order ends a four-year court battle between the two parties.
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Faithful are victims at both ends of church scam

July 24, 2013
Associated Press
Nearly a decade after the government took over an Indiana brokerage firm whose leaders scammed more than 10,000 devout investors out of millions of dollars, officials are still trying to get their money back without forcing congregations out of their houses of worship.
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IU to use Conour funds to help fraud victims

July 15, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Indiana University plans to use $450,000 donated to its Indianapolis law school by former attorney William Conour to aid the clients defrauded of more than $4.5 million. Conour pleaded guilty to fraud charges Monday morning.
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Local attorney pleads guilty in $4.5M fraud case

July 8, 2013
Dave Stafford
After a judge revoked his bond and accused him of misleading the court, former personal-injury lawyer William Conour entered a guilty plea in his federal wire fraud case.
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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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Against court orders, Conour auctioned art for $10K

May 29, 2013
Dave Stafford
Attorney William Conour, accused of defrauding clients of more than $4.5 million, has admitted to auctioning some of his art collection in an apparent violation of bond conditions.
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Feds used wire tap, undercover agent in Land Bank probe

May 21, 2013
Cory Schouten
A federal public-corruption task force used a wire tap and an undercover FBI agent to unravel a fraud scheme authorities say was orchestrated by two city employees and three co-conspirators.
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Ex-councilor Bateman sentenced to 27 months in prison

May 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Paul C. Bateman Jr. had pleaded guilty in January to his part in defrauding an Indianapolis physician of $1.7 million.
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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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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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Assets of attorney in fraud case have gone missing, feds say

May 3, 2013
Dave Stafford
After being charged with defrauding clients, Indianapolis attorney William Conour was ordered not to dispose of his personal property. But much of it is now missing, including art, furniture, sports memorabilia and bottles of expensive champagne, according to court filings.
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Grifter gets 19 months for fraud that hit Indy firms

April 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
Despite her dramatic pleas to a federal judge on Tuesday, Dina Wein Reis, who defrauded corporations out of millions of dollars, will go to prison.
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Contractor pleads guilty to fraud involving FBI building

April 23, 2013
Associated Press
An Ohio man has admitted to defrauding more than $225,000 from contractors involved in FBI building projects in Indianapolis and Knoxville, Tenn.
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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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