Fraud

Zionsville real estate schemer sentenced to 30 months

March 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Zionsville man who pushed real-estate investing schemes has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and money laundering.
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Fair bankruptcy trustee alleges complicity by silenceRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Greg Andrews
Lawyers overseeing Fair Finance's liquidation charge that, every step of the way, businesspeople who crossed Tim Durham’s path and witnessed questionable behavior looked the other way—because it was highly profitable for them to do so.
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Fair Finance trustee sues former owner for $150M

February 24, 2012
Greg Andrews
The lawsuit charges Donald Fair knew Tim Durham was looting the business but kept quiet to collect millions of dollars in payments scheduled to be made from 2002 to 2007.
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Wiretaps suggest Durham tried to sugarcoat Fair's woesRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Greg Andrews
Transcripts of phone conversations capture Fair Finance CEO Tim Durham discussing ways to recast company financials to mitigate Ohio securities regulators’ concerns about massive insider loans.
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More Fair suits target Durham family members

February 14, 2012
Scott Olson
Those named in the latest lawsuits include Tim Durham's ex-wife, Joan SerVaas; B.J. Durham, SerVaas' biological son who was adopted by Durham; and the financier's sister, Courtney Durham.
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Trustee seeks $1B from Fair Finance's lenders

February 8, 2012
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee finally has found some deep pockets to go after in his quest to recover money for the small-time Ohio investors who lost more than $200 million when the Tim Durham-led company failed two years ago.
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Latest Fair suits target Kato Kaelin, playmate, many others

February 7, 2012
Scott Olson
A former Playboy playmate, a well-known rapper and local businessmen are among the defendants in a barrage of lawsuits filed by a bankruptcy trustee trying to collect funds for investors of Fair Finance Co., the defunct Ohio firm led by Tim Durham.
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Big-promising donor to area charities coming up emptyRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Johnson County man whose home is listed for sheriff's sale and who has filed for bankruptcy protection twice and been convicted of check fraud managed to convince several Indianapolis cultural institutions that he was good for multimillion-dollar gifts.
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Mini Thin maker agrees to $1M bankruptcy settlementRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel resident Richard Deer, who built a business around Mini Thin dietary supplements, has agreed to pay $1 million in his company’s bankruptcy case.
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Trial of Indiana secretary of state gets under way

January 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's secretary of state began facing voter-fraud charges Tuesday in a case that could decide if he remains as the state's top election official.
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Governor's Fair Finance settlement yields just $3,000

January 24, 2012
Greg Andrews
Court papers show the Mitch for Governor Campaign Committee isn't paying more in a settlement with Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee because it has just $3,500 left.
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Court sets repayment schedule for United Financial Systems

January 23, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Supreme Court handed down an order that sets out a repayment schedule for the $2.4 million that United Financial Systems Corp. still owes its former customers.
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Fair trustee sues Durham's mother for $831,000

January 22, 2012
Greg Andrews
The lawsuit alleges Mitza Durham of Seymour received 58 checks or wire transfers from the indicted financier from February 2006 through November 2009.
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State Republican committee agrees to Durham settlement

January 16, 2012
The Indiana Republican State Committee has agreed to pay back $87,875 in political contributions it received from indicted financier Tim Durham. In addition, a political group supporting Gov. Mitch Daniels agreed to a $10,000 settlement.
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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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Durham's attorney alleges feds abused wiretaps

December 21, 2011
Greg Andrews
Indicted financier Tim Durham's attorney alleges "the government has engaged in a course of conduct that ... constitutes gross misconduct so severe that dismissal is warranted."
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Brightpoint suing former exec in trade secret dispute

December 21, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based wireless distributor accuses Mitch Black, who left Brightpoint last year, of taking company trade secrets to a new job with a direct competitor. Brightstar Corp. also is named in the lawsuit.
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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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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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Investment adviser Hauke agrees to plead guilty in $7M fraud

December 13, 2011
Greg Andrews
Prosecutors accused Hauke of losing millions on Michigan real estate investments, then hiding those losses from clients.
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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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Filing shows Durham's personal finances in shambles

October 17, 2011
Even if everyone who owed Durham money paid him—which seems unlikely—his assets still would be a fraction of his debts.
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Judge approves legal fees in Fair Finance case

September 13, 2011
The amount paid to lawyers so far nearly accounts for the entire $1.8 million that a Fair Finance trustee has recovered so far for investors of the Akron, Ohio-based company led by indicted financier Tim Durham.
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