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Former City-County Councilor’s trial gets under way

September 6, 2011
Scott Olson
An attorney for Lincoln Plowman, a former City-County Council member on trial for attempted extortion, says his client was seeking payment for his services, not soliciting a bribe from an undercover agent posing as a strip-club operator.
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Former real estate exec to plead guilty to wire fraud

September 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Kim Hutchinson, former treasurer of J. Greg Allen Builders and Princeton Homes, agreed to plead guilty to stealing $446,419. Her cooperation likely will result in a lighter sentence of 30 to 40 months.
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Hat World suing three former execs for contract breaches

September 2, 2011
Scott Olson
The federal suit seeks monetary damages and a permanent injunction prohibiting the men from soliciting customers and employees, and from disclosing trade secrets.
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Goldsmith arrest prompted resignation from NYC

September 1, 2011
The former mayor of Indianapolis says he stepped down from his job as deputy mayor of New York City following his arrest over a domestic violence incident. The Goldsmiths deny accounts cited in a police report.
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Former auction house owner Kruse released on bond

August 31, 2011
Associated Press
Former auction house owner Dean V. Kruse has been released on bond after surrendering to face a theft charge out of Pennsylvania alleging that he never paid a man $38,000 for selling an antique hearse.
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State preparing to pay maximum in stage collapse damages

August 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana will pay $5 million and get advice on distributing the money to victims of the State Fair tragedy from an expert who administered compensation funds following 9/11.
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Former City-County Councilor’s trial set to begin

August 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Lincoln Plowman, also a former Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department major, is accused of using his official position to collect $6,000 for helping to grease the wheels for a new strip club.
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Indiana Supreme Court to hear state back-pay dispute

August 31, 2011
Associated Press
The class-action lawsuit argued that some state employees were required to work 40 hours a week while others were paid the same for working 37.5 hours.
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Embattled auctioneer wanted in Pennsylvania

August 30, 2011
Associated Press
Northeastern Indiana officials have issued an arrest warrant for embattled former auction house owner Dean V. Kruse, who has faced years of legal battles over his business practices.
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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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Another lawsuit filed in Indiana fair stage collapse

August 29, 2011
Associated Press
The family of a Fort Wayne woman killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair filed a lawsuit Monday alleging gross negligence and recklessness by the promoters and producers of the concert.
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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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Cordish can press suit against CEO of Indianapolis Downs

August 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Cordish Co., a real-estate developer building a casino near Baltimore, can pursue a defamation lawsuit against the CEO of its bankrupt former business partner, Indianapolis Downs LLC, a judge said Aug. 26.
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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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Durham follows magistrate's order, moves from sister's house

August 25, 2011
Indicted financier Tim Durham is living in an undisclosed residence in the downtown area after a federal magistrate rejected his request to move back into his 20,000-square-foot mansion.
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Judge poised to toss lawsuit against Pacers owner

August 25, 2011
Associated Press
A judge has suggested she will dismiss key portions of a lawsuit by a nanny who claimed she was fired by billionaire Herb Simon and his wife because the employee became pregnant.
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Witness: Simons were happy about nanny's pregnancy

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
A household employee of Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife said they were happy when they learned their nanny was pregnant, even though the nanny claims she was fired over the pregnancy.
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Judge orders Indiana to preserve fair stage wreckage

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
A judge says he will issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the state from destroying any evidence from the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage.
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Class-action lawsuit filed over State Fair tragedy

August 23, 2011
Scott Olson
The lawsuit brought by the Indianapolis law firm of Cohen & Malad hopes to include anyone who suffered injuries from a falling stage at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 13.
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Court rules state overreached when it shut puppy mill

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
The state had seized and sold 240 dogs at business, citing $142,000 in unpaid taxes.
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Wife of man killed in fair tragedy suing Indiana

August 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, who is representing the family of Glenn Goodrich, said the family has filed a tort claim notice against the state regarding intent to file a lawsuit.
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Racinos ask federal court to lower their tax liabilityRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
If Indiana Live and Hoosier Park prevail, the racetrack-casinos may cut they could cut their combined tax bill by $30 million a year.
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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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Public safety official Mayes leaves postRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Jonathan Mayes, an attorney who served just over a year as deputy public safety director under Frank Straub, has joined Bose McKinney & Evans' Labor and Employment Practice Group.
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Lawsuits filed for Indiana stage collapse victims

August 19, 2011
Associated Press
Two of what are expected to be many lawsuits were filed Friday on behalf of people injured when wind toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair.
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