Fraud

Fair trustee settles with local political groups

September 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The settlements involve donations made by Tim Durham totaling $60,000 to the Marion County Republican Central Committee, Greater Indianapolis Republican Finance Committee and the Committee to Elect Lawrence Mayor Paul Ricketts.
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Ex-Countrymark CEO again seeking early release

August 30, 2011
Scott Olson
David Swanson, who is serving a 12-year sentence for wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion, has succeeded in getting a federal appeals court to hear his case for early release.
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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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Zionsville man charged with wire fraud, money laundering

August 26, 2011
Brian Eads faces a maximum of 30 years in prison by engaging in transactions of more than $10,000 with criminally derived proceeds from properties bought at sheriff's sales.
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Probe: Investment adviser Hauke masked huge loss

August 20, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fishers investment manager Keenan Hauke suffered massive losses in his hedge fund seven years ago. Then, rather than fess up, he generated fake account statements for clients that showed money they didn’t really have and returns they hadn’t earned, state investigators allege.
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Judge nearly sends Durham back to halfway house

August 19, 2011
Greg Andrews
Magistrate Judge Kennard Foster said Durham should not continue living at his sister's house or move back to his mansion because both are in foreclosure.
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Lawyers submit big bill in Fair Finance case

August 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Most of the $1.8 million that Fair Finance trustee Brian Bash has recovered so far could go to attorneys and accountants working on the massive fraud case involving Indianapolis financier Tim Durham.
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Durham asks to move back into his mansion

August 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Indicted financier Tim Durham has asked a federal judge to allow him to move from his sister's home in Geist back to his 20,000-square-foot mansion. Durham has been living with his sister on home detention since his April arrest.
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Former flight management firm owner pleads guilty to fraud

August 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
David A. Chaisson is one of two men charged in separate schemes to defraud Ryan International Airlines. Prosecutors say the schemes involved kickback payments in exchange for business.
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Marion County prosecutor plots white-collar strategyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Cory Schouten
Terry Curry expects his creation of a task force will start paying off with new cases—ranging from employee theft and investment fraud to political corruption—in the next few months.
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Fair Finance trustee sues National Lampoon

June 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee this week sued National Lampoon Inc. seeking to recover millions of dollars that indicted financier Tim Durham provided the ailing Los Angeles-based comedy business over the past decade.
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Ex-Countrymark CEO’s bid to reduce sentence denied

June 3, 2011
David Swanson had asked a federal judge to vacate or reduce his 12-year prison sentence stemming from his 2002 conviction for wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.
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Bosma to return $10,000 Durham donation

April 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance's trustee says Bosma has agreed to return a $10,000 contribution from Durham. Meanwhile, Carl Brizzi, another big recipient of Durham donations, is in settlement discussions with the trustee.
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Fair trustee sues to recoup $138,580 in GOP donations

April 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
The five lawsuits filed this week do not include the biggest recipients of Tim Durham’s political largesse—campaign committees associated with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.
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Durham prosecutors propose case-notification plans

April 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Instead of individually notifying the 5,400 investors that Tim Durham and two business partners are accused of defrauding, prosecutors want to keep them apprised of court proceedings through websites and an automated call center.
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Fraud suspect Durham released from halfway house

April 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Fraud suspect Tim Durham was released from a halfway house on Monday, after a more thorough accounting of his finances was presented to a federal magistrate. Durham had been at the Indianapolis facility since Wednesday.
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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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Judge moves Durham fraud trial to next year

April 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Federal Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on Thursday morning vacated the original trial date of May 16 and instead set jury selection for June 8, 2012. Meanwhile, lawyers for Tim Durham argued for his release from a halfway house he was sent to on Wednesday.
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Durham ordered to be held at halfway house for 7 days

April 6, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal magistrate on Wednesday ordered indicted financier Tim Durham held at a halfway house for seven days until he can provide a better accounting of his finances. The magistrate said "money means flight."
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Durham set for afternoon federal court date

April 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former Indiana businessman Timothy Durham, 48, who is accused in a $200 million fraud scheme, is scheduled to appear in federal court in Indianapolis on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
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Indy lawyer pays $371,000 to settle Fair Finance lawsuit

March 31, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance's bankruptcy trustee says attorney Stephen Plopper and his wife are paying the full amount due under a loan that matured in 2006.
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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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Feds go after Fair Finance CFO, despite murkier motive

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
Unlike the other defendants, Fair Finance executive Rick Snow isn’t accused of tapping the company for a bevy of loans, then failing to repay the money.
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Durham's ex-wife explains bond for indicted financier

March 23, 2011
Scott Olson
Joan SerVaas issued a written statement saying she and her father signed off on a $1 million bond because they're confident Tim Durham will continue to cooperate with federal authorities and abide by the conditions of his release.
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Convictions likely in federal Fair Finance case

March 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Defense attorneys representing indicted businessman Tim Durham and two other executives tied to bankrupt Fair Finance Co. could have a hard time convincing a jury to find them innocent. Federal prosecutors won 94.1 percent of their cases in 2009.
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