Fraud

Westfield businessman jailed for tax evasion

March 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said Joseph Hinshaw, 57, under-reported his income from 2003 to 2007 to avoid taxes and to obtain federal and state student loans.
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Fair Finance investors likely to recover little money

March 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Authorities say Fair Finance, led by indicted businessman Tim Durham, owes 5,200 investors $230 million. But they're likely to recoup just a "teeny-tiny" fraction.
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Officials: Fair Finance largest fraud case in state's history

March 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Indictment_WatchVideoTimothy S. Durham (pictured at far left), James F. Cochran and Rick D. Snow were all arrested on Wednesday following a grand jury indictment.
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BREAKING: Durham, two other executives indicted for fraud

March 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Beleaguered local businessman Tim Durham and two other executives tied to bankrupt Fair Finance Co. have been indicted on felony charges of wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a complaint against the men in federal court.
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Brightpoint suing software vendor for negligence

March 3, 2011
Scott Olson
The local distributor of wireless phones has filed suit against Massachusetts-based Emptoris Inc., and is looking to recoup millions of dollars it paid the company in addition to the amount it says it spent trying to fix the problem.
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Intellectual property theft rising quicklyRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Bob Kronemyer / Special to IBJ
Filching ranges from crude to highly sophisticated, experts say.
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Fair bankruptcy trustee hears from prospective Lampoon suitors

February 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee is getting inquiries from parties interested in buying National Lampoon Inc., the Los Angeles-based comedy business led by embattled Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham.
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E-mails detail Fair Finance partner's money woes

February 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
E-mails filed in bankruptcy court this week show that Fair Finance Co. co-owner Jim Cochran spent money with such abandon that by 2008 he was living off credit cards and imploring CEO Tim Durham to more than double his salary to $1 million.
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Hamilton County woman to be sentenced in stock scheme

February 16, 2011
Prior to Wednesday's sentencing, the Secretary of State's securities division said it reached an agreement to liquidate the assets of Dorothy Geisler, including her home on Geist Reservoir.
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Fair trustee: Durham committed fraud of 'shocking proportions'

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee alleges Tim Durham perpetrated a fraud of  "shocking proportions,” draining huge sums from the Akron, Ohio, firm for years to mask that his business empire had collapsed.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Indy attorney for $375,000

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
The loan from Fair Finance Co. to Stephen and Linda Plopper matured in 2006, but the couple has failed to satisfy the debt despite recent demands for payment, the suit alleges.
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Fair Finance trustee still searching for deep-pocketed saviorRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Trustee Brian Bash and his legal team have yet to publicly implicate anyone who appears to have the cash to substantially reduce the staggering losses.
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Durham car collection fetches $2.2M

January 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
A 1929 Duesenberg once driven by Elvis Presley garnered the largest price—$1.237 million.
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Tim Durham's exotic cars hit auction block

January 21, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.'s bankruptcy trustee scheduled the Friday auction to raise money for creditors of the defunct company, including more than 5,000 Ohio residents who hold more than $200 million in unsecured investment certificates.
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Man gets 3 years in cemetery scheme

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Mark Singer, who was convicted of scheming to steal as much as $27 million set aside to maintain the graves of people who had paid in advance for their funerals, has been sentenced to three years in prison.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Durham relatives

January 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
The case against Jeffrey and Dana Osler is the latest in what is expected to be a string of suits by the trustee against friends and business associates of Tim Durham who took out loans from Fair Finance but made few if any payments.
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Developer who drew friends into Ponzi reaches $1M dealRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Greg Andrews
Sydney "Jack" Williams, founder of Williams Realty Group, recruited dozens of investors, many with Indiana ties, to invest in a Florida business that turned out to be a giant fraud.
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Conseco brass agree to settle 8-year-old suit for $41.5MRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Greg Andrews
The suit accused CEO Gary Wendt, President Bill Shea, Chief Financial Officer Charles Chokel and Chief Accounting Officer Jim Adams of engaging in a “massive and systematic coverup of ... actual debts and losses through complex accounting, misleading disclosures, and irregular accounting practices.”
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Insurer for Durham firm to settle suits for $5.5M

December 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
The agreement allows embattled financier Tim Durham to remain on the board of CLST Holdings, but mandates he step down as chairman and not vote on any matter unless doing so would make the board unanimous.
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Indiana church financier gets 54 years for Ponzi scheme

December 7, 2010
Associated Press
A judge sentenced 66-year-old Vaughn Reeves to 54 years in prison during a court hearing Tuesday in Sullivan. A jury convicted him in October on nine counts of securities fraud.
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Home Loan Bank sues over losses on $3B mortgage portfolio

November 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis is suing some of the nation’s largest financial institutions to recover losses on a $3 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities.
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Bankruptcy trustee sues Durham art bidders

November 18, 2010
Jim Mackinnon / Akron Beacon Journal
A Florida art dealer who successfully bid more than $260,000 on artwork that once belonged to Fair Finance Co. co-owner Timothy Durham says he canceled the sale. Now he and another big bidder from Philadelphia are being sued by Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee Brian Bash for nonpayment.
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Citigroup subsidiary agrees to $717,000 Indiana fine

November 8, 2010
The penalty stems from charges that Citigroup Global Markets failed to monitor a former agent accused of working with Robert Nelms, who was sentenced in May for securities fraud involving a $24 million cemetery trust fund operated by Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp.
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Developer tied to Ponzi slides into bankruptcyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sydney "Jack" Williams earned commissions by persuading dozens of investors, many with Indiana ties, to lend millions of dollars to a business that turned out to be fake.
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Fair Finance artwork fetches more than $400,000 at auction

October 17, 2010
Jim Mackinnon / Akron Beacon Journal
Saturday's art auction of work collected by Fair Finance co-owner Timothy Durham raised more than $400,000 — well above what the Akron company's bankruptcy trustee and even the auctioneer thought would be brought in.
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