Fraud

Symons and family ordered to pay $34.2 million in fraud case

December 1, 2009
Scott Olson
A high-profile businessman and the Indianapolis companies he operated with family members have been ordered by a federal judge to pay $34.2 million relating to the fraudulent transfer of assets in a business sale.
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Rokita builds rep as tough enforcer of securities lawsRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Secretary of State Todd Rokita has relied on fines and fees to greatly increase his office's firepower without a tax hike.
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State charges Stifel Nicolaus didn't disclose risks of auction-rate securities

October 1, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An administrative complaint filed today by the Indiana Secretary of State's Office alleges Stifel Nicolaus failed to disclose risks associated with the sale of auction-rate securities to 141 Hoosiers who invested $54.9 million.
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Charter Homes owner gets 2-plus years for mortgage fraud

September 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
Charter Homes owner Jerry J. Jaquess has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $825,000 for his role in a $20 million mortgage fraud scheme.
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London hedge fund sues Brightpoint over failed acquisition

September 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
A London-based hedge fund has sued Brightpoint Inc. over a $10 million loan it alleges the Indianapolis-based cell phone distributor fraudulently brokered in anticipation of an acquisition in France that never materialized.
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Ex-Lampoon exec Dan Laikin admits to stock fraud

September 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carmel businessman Dan Laikin pleaded guilty this afternoon to participating in a fraudulent scheme to pump up the stock price of National Lampoon Inc., the Los Angeles-based entertainment company he led.
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Former business owner Hockett sentenced for bank fraud

August 31, 2009
Scott Olson
A federal judge this morning sentenced a former Indianapolis business owner to 18 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to bank fraud in May.
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Marcus Schrenker gets prison sentence

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis money manager who crashed his plane and parachuted to safety in an elaborate scheme to fake his death and flee financial ruin, has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison.
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Dodson Group hit crisis mode after trusted CFO suspected of theftRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
At first, small-business owner Jim Dodson figured the problem must be a technical glitch. During a routine analysis of aging unpaid invoices last September, one of his employees couldn’t tie the latest figures to the company’s ledger. Accounts receivable for his company, the Dodson Group, had been overstated by $2.7 million—double their true value. And $422,539 was missing from the firm’s coffers.
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Schrenker faces nine more charges in Indiana

August 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An Indiana money manager scheduled to be sentenced today in Florida on charges he deliberately crashed his plane to fake his death and flee financial ruin now faces more charges in his home state.
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BREAKING: Jury finds Premier's White guilty

August 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
A Marion County jury this evening found Christopher P. White guilty of three Class C felonies related to a $500,000 bad check he wrote last year in a last-ditch attempt to save his locally based development firm, Premier Properties USA Inc.
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Dodson Group CFO to plead guilty to wire fraud

August 18, 2009
Scott Olson
A former chief financial officer for The Dodson Group has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud after admitting to stealing $422,539 from the Indianapolis-based firm.
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Developer's fraud trial enters second day

August 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
Marion County prosecutors this morning began making their case that Christopher P. White knowingly wrote a bad check for $500,000 last year in a desperate attempt to save his Indianapolis-based development firm, Premier Properties USA Inc.
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First Merchants posts larger loss on fraud charge

August 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Muncie-based First Merchants Corp. disclosed this week that the bank lost $31.2 million in the second quarter, including $10.2 million it blamed on fraudulent financial statements provided by a large commercial borrower.
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Cemetery owner to plead guilty to theft, fraud

July 30, 2009
Scott Olson
A cemetery owner set to go on trial Monday has agreed to plead guilty to theft and securities fraud.
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Dan Laikin on sidelines as others admit guilt in stock-manipulation schemeRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carmel businessman Dan Laikin finds himself in the awkward spot of denying wrongdoing at the same time the three men accused of conspiring with him in a stock-manipulation scheme are admitting guilt.
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Former Conseco director liable for some unpaid stock loansRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
J.K. Wall
Dennis E. Murray Sr. was declared liable in October by U.S. District Court Judge Larry J. McKinney for at least some of the millions of dollars he borrowed to buy Conseco stock in the late 1990s.
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Winona lacks evidence to prove fraudulent money transferRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The trustee for Winona Memorial Hospital lost in court against the hospital's former owner earlier this month — but not without receiving a bit of vindication from the judge in the case.
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Murky motive adds intrigue to Old National loan saga

August 18, 2008
Greg Andrews
In the buttoned-down world of banking, it doesn't get much stranger than this: An Indianapolis loan officer with a strong reputation is suddenly dismissed after his employer charges he falsified lending documents. The bank says the fraud exposes it to potential losses approaching $20 million. And here's the kicker: The employer hasn't accused the banker of committing the wrongdoing for personal gain.
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Memory Gardens lawsuit seeks $20 millionRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Louis Jones
An Indianapolis law firm has filed a class-action suit seeking more than $20 million from a pair of financial-services firms it says facilitated the transactions that allowed a New Jersey couple to plunder cemetery trust funds. Cohen & Malad LLP filed the lawsuit late last month on behalf of thousands of customers of Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp., which owns Memory Gardens in Greenwood, Lincoln Memory Gardens in Boone County and other cemeteries. The defendants are the company, New York-based...
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Funeral operator slapped with criminal charges

January 17, 2008
Scott Olson
The Marion County Prosecutor's Office filed criminal charges today relating to the status of trust funds set aside to pay funeral expenses and cemetery maintenance for a string of Indiana cemeteries.
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Real estate exec with lavish lifestyle accused of $160M fraudRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A high-flying Carmel businessman who moved his base of operations to Miami a couple of years ago is accused of burning through $160 million of investors' money in the collapse of his real estate empire.
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Funeral family asks court to intervene in dispute

January 3, 2008
Norm Heikens
A family that once owned Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home in Greenwood has asked a Johnson County court to put the business into receivership amid questions about the status of trust funds set aside to pay funeral expenses and maintenance.
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Ruined Brightpoint manager heading to trialRestricted Content

May 21, 2007
Greg Andrews
Four years after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused Harcharik of committing securities fraud at Brightpoint Inc., he finally has his day in court. A civil jury trial is scheduled to start May 21 in Manhattan. It could last as long as three weeks.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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