John Bales

Local attorney, developer Page files bankruptcy

January 8, 2014
Scott Olson
Paul J. Page was one of four principals of troubled Indianapolis-based condo firm Page Development, which spearheaded the Villagio at Page Pointe project at the south edge of downtown.
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Judge sentences attorney Page to probation, fine

November 4, 2013
Cory Schouten
Attorney and real estate developer Paul J. Page will serve two years of probation and pay a $10,000 fine for concealing the source of a $362,000 down payment on his purchase of a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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Jury: Real estate execs Bales, Spencer not guilty of fraud

February 7, 2013
Cory Schouten
SOUTH BEND — John M. Bales lifted his crossed hands to his face and began to cry Thursday evening as a federal judge read the same jury verdict on each of 13 fraud counts against the real estate broker and his partner: Not guilty.
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Bales trial in jury's hands after colorful closings

February 7, 2013
Cory Schouten
During three hours of closing arguments Wednesday in the federal fraud trial of real estate broker John M. Bales and William E. Spencer, a federal prosecutor and two top-tier Indianapolis defense attorneys delivered a series of memorable one-liners and rhetorical flourishes designed to stick with jurors.
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Defense rests in Bales trial after flurry of witnesses

February 6, 2013
Cory Schouten
Closing arguments are expected to begin Wednesday afternoon in the federal fraud trial of Indianapolis real estate broker John M. Bales and partner William E. Spencer after the defense raced through seven witnesses Tuesday and early Wednesday.
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FBI agent references Brizzi in Bales trial testimony

February 5, 2013
Cory Schouten
Federal prosecutors rested their fraud case against John M. Bales and partner William E. Spencer on Monday after a full day of testimony from FBI Special Agent Brian Percival that included several references to former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.
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Defense attorneys turn tough in Bales trial

February 1, 2013
Cory Schouten
The legal team representing real estate broker John M. Bales and partner William E. Spencer haven't called their first witness and already they're putting up a spirited fight as federal prosecutors seek to prove 13 charges including bank, mail and wire fraud.
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Former Venture employee turns on Bales during testimony

January 31, 2013
Cory Schouten
An FBI investigation into Venture Real Estate Services and principals John Bales and Bill Spencer had already begun when Matthew Dyer signed on as the company's controller in December 2009. Bales told him the company had done nothing illegal, Dyer testified Wednesday.
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Defense attorneys in Bales case trash former co-defendant

January 30, 2013
Cory Schouten
Attorney and developer Paul J. Page is no longer a co-defendant in the fraud trial of real estate broker John M. Bales and partner Bill Spencer. But you wouldn't know it from the action Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Only now, rather than federal prosecutors, it's defense attorneys for Bales and Spencer who are targeting Page.
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Bales defense: Elkhart deal was a 'scheme to help'

January 29, 2013
Cory Schouten
Facing a looming deadline to find suitable office space for the state Department of Child Services, Indianapolis real estate broker John M. Bales and partner Bill Spencer in 2008 dipped into their own pockets to help close a difficult lease deal, their defense attorneys contend.
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Fraud trial for broker Bales begins in South Bend

January 28, 2013
Cory Schouten
The federal fraud trial of Indianapolis real estate broker John M. Bales and a partner began Monday morning in South Bend with a jury-selection process that may not have run as smoothly if it took place in central Indiana.
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Bales' trial could turn on definition of ownershipRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Cory Schouten
The jury trial in South Bend for real estate developer John Bales and his general counsel, William E. Spencer, is scheduled to begin Jan. 28 and last up to two weeks. Bales and Spencer, both 45, are facing 13 counts, including wire and mail fraud.
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Bales partner pleads guilty in deal with prosecutors

January 4, 2013
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis attorney and developer Paul J. Page has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in an investigation that targets former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.
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Officials steered lease deal to BalesRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
State officials in 2005 vowed to run a competitive process to select a private firm to handle real estate leasing for public agencies, but a 20-page request for services to more than 400 potential bidders was a sham, according to three people with knowledge of the process.
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Daniels' chief of staff purchased parcel from BalesRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
The chief of staff to Gov. Mitch Daniels, Earl A. Goode, bought a residential lot from the real estate broker John M. Bales about two years after an agency led by Goode awarded Bales a contract to handle state leasing.
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Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

December 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.
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Grand jury indicts local real estate broker Bales

December 14, 2011
Cory Schouten
A grand jury in South Bend has returned a 14-count criminal indictment against Indianapolis real estate broker John M. Bales and two associates over a state lease deal in Elkhart that was first revealed as part of an IBJ investigation.
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Former partner of Moe & Johnny's owner alleges fraudRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Greg Andrews
Real estate executive John Bales filed a lawsuit last month accusing Chuck Mack of “willfully and maliciously” misappropriating $200,000 that belonged to him.
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Federal government asking questions about lease deals

July 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The federal government is asking questions about how the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration handles office leasing after an IBJ investigation raised questions about potential conflicts of interest.
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Bauer requests federal probe of Bales' real estate deals

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ investigation prompts top state Democrat's letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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FBI combs through records on Brizzi deals

May 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
The FBI is collecting records on an Elkhart real estate deal and an Indianapolis drug case, both involving Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi and defense attorney Paul Page.
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Politically connected broker's deals raise conflict questions

April 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
John Bales' firm earned $2.9M in commissions on leases for state agencies and $270,000 in commissions on the sale of surplus state properties. He also acted as a developer for public-sector tenants—putting them into buildings owned by him or his associates.
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Massa says office 'should inspire public confidence, not public cynicism'

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has said he has no plans to resign, despite Mark Massa's call Wednesday morning for him to step down. Brizzi will be eligible for a public pension if he finishes his second term Dec. 31.
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Massa calls on Brizzi to resign

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mark Massa, former general counsel for Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Republican candidate for Marion County prosecutor, calls on Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, also a Republican, to step down in the wake of an IBJ investigation.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Brizzi ordered lenient deal for business partner's client

April 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi last year intervened in a major drug case to offer a reduced sentence over objections from both law enforcement officers and his own deputy prosecutors.
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