Fraud

Fair Finance trustee sues Dan Laikin for $19M

April 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
The suit against Laikin, a longtime friend of Fair Finance CEO Tim Durham, is the first major legal move to untangle the morass of related-party loans that propelled the company into insolvency.
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Path to Fair Finance funds full of detours, roadblocksRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Greg Andrews
The troubles at U.S. Rubber Reclaiming demonstrate the challenges a bankruptcy trustee faces in trying to recover money for investors.
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Four charged with income tax fraud

April 7, 2010
A business owner and three people allegedly involved in a large mortgage fraud scheme face prison sentences for failing to report income or file certain tax forms.
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Fair Finance co-owner charged with domestic battery

March 22, 2010
Greg Andrews
The embattled businessman was booked into the Hamilton County Jail following an incident Saturday morning at his Geist Reservoir home.
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Mysterious $14M Verizon payable looms over Durham firmRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
CLST Holdings founder Al Goldfield says the company hid a $14 million debt to Verizon Communications Inc. in the years after he left.
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Bankruptcy trustee for Fair Finance wades into morass of insider loans

February 27, 2010
Greg Andrews
Brian Bash will need to untangle a web of related-party transactions that have befuddled nearly everyone who has tried to make sense of them.
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Judge halts dissolution of struggling Durham firm

February 26, 2010
Greg Andrews
A judge has blocked Tim Durham and other directors of Dallas-based CLST Holdings Inc. from dissolving the struggling company at the close of business Friday. Its largest shareholder hopes to place dissident candidates on the board.
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Judge weighing request to unseal Fair Finance records

February 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A federal judge is weighing whether to unseal search-warrant documents related to the federal investigation of businessman Tim Durham and Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. following a hearing Thursday in Youngstown, Ohio.
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Fair Finance going along with appointment of receiver

February 11, 2010
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for the company and its parent firm denied any fraud occurred but said receivership nonetheless made sense.
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Durham-backed firm to halt trading, dissolve

February 10, 2010
Greg Andrews
Dallas-based CLST Holdings Inc. has struggled, and its shares trade for a mere 9 cents apiece.
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Ex-Indiana player Leary arrested in fraud case

February 5, 2010
Associated Press
The 39-year-old Leary was being held Friday in the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington on charges out of Allen County.
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Fair Finance investors aim ire at U.S. attorney

January 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
Ohio residents who put money into Tim Durham's company want the U.S. Attorney's Office to seize his and the company's assets.
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Fair Finance investors fear money is disappearing

January 27, 2010
Greg Andrews
Ohio residents who attended investor meeting say recovering funds hinges on locking down assets that remain.
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Court affirms receiver for Michelle Schrenker's assets

January 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Indiana Court of Appeals agrees with lower court's decision to appoint receiver to oversee finances of ex-wife of convicted money manager Marcus Schrenker.
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Bank says Durham had no right to sell Duesenberg

January 18, 2010
Greg Andrews
A legal brouhaha over the recent auction of a Duesenberg automobile by Tim Durham has taken a new twist, with Durham's bank charging the financier didn't have the right to sell the car in the first place.
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Investors in failed Church Extension poised to recoup 70 percentRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Greg Andrews
Professionals liquidating the not-for-profit have so far recovered nearly 68 percent of the $82 million owed investors.
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Former cemetery owner avoids prison time

January 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Robert E. Nelms received an eight-year sentence that will be served through a community corrections program after pleading guilty to theft and securities fraud.
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Johnson County woman guilty of securities fraud

January 7, 2010
Wanda Robertson was sentenced to eight years in prison, with four years suspended, after pleading guilty Wednesday.
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Ex-investor sentenced in Indiana mortgage fraud

January 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Robert A. Penn, 44, of Naples, Fla., received seven years in prison and was ordered to pay more than $11 million in restitution.
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IBJ, Wall Street Journal seek unsealing of Durham records

January 5, 2010
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis Business Journal and The Wall Street Journal have joined the legal fight to unseal search warrant documents related to the federal investigation of businessman Tim Durham.
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Would-be buyer: Durham double-dipped on Duesenberg deal

December 30, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Tim Durham struck a deal to sell a vintage Duesenberg for $1 million before auctioning off the same vehicle for $2.9 million, according to the small-town Michigan mayor who said he agreed to buy it.
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Fair Finance's past gave investors, regulators false comfort

December 26, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Akron company had been meeting its obligations for decades before Tim Durham acquired it seven years ago.
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Fair Finance investors file additional fraud suit

December 22, 2009
Greg Andrews
More than three dozen residents of a northeast Ohio county who invested in Fair Finance Co. are seeking to recover more than $2.1 million from the shuttered company.
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Buyer of prized Durham Duesenberg alleges fraud

December 19, 2009
Greg Andrews
A Virginia businessman is suing Tim Durham, alleging he and other defendants manipulated the September auction of a 1930 Duesenberg that sold for $2.9 million.
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Local funeral home operator interested in troubled Memory Gardens

December 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory is one of two companies that have emerged as potential suitors of the embattled Memory Gardens Management Corp.
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  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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