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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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Widow likely biggest beneficiary of Simon's estate

September 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Bren Simon likely will inherit at least one-third of her billionaire husband’s fortune and potentially much more, wealth managers speculate, based on the legal and tax issues involved in such a large estate.
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Lilly's win in Evista patent case crucial, analyst says

September 24, 2009
Scott Olson
A decision by a federal judge in Indianapolis to turn back a patent challenge to Eli Lilly and Co.'s Evista marks a major victory for the company, says an analyst who closely follows the pharmaceutical industry.
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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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Developer Broadbent sues banks after they tighten credit line

September 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co., one of the city’s biggest retail developers, has sued two of its banks, charging they’re wrongly attempting to restrict its access to a $50 million credit line.
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Report: Ice Miller, Louisville firm end merger talks

September 8, 2009
Scott Olson
Merger talks that began last year between local legal heavyweight Ice Miller LLP and a Louisville-based law firm reportedly have broken down, putting an end to a deal that was expected to close by the end of the year.
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Ex-workers sue Navistar, charge plant closing violated contractRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Forty-three former employees of Navistar Inc.’s shuttered diesel engine plant have sued the company, claiming it breached their collective bargaining agreement by moving plant work in recent years to non-union facilities.
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Developer Lauth's bankrupt units win round in courtRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Lauth Group Inc. in recent weeks has won critical courtroom victories that likely will allow company principals to retain control of three subsidiaries in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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Hall-Render co-founder returns to law firm

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A co-founder of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC is returning to the downtown law firm more than a decade after he left it. Rex Killian will lead the firm’s governance consulting practice, which serves both not-for-profit and for-profit health care clients.
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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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Noble Roman's wins latest round in fight with franchiseesRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
A group of former franchisees of Noble Roman’s Inc. has hired a new attorney to represent them in a case against the chain after a Hamilton County judge tossed their old lawyer.
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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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Locals settle First Indiana insider-trading case

August 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Securities and Exchange Commission said today that it has settled insider-trading charges against three local residents who bought shares in First Indiana Corp. immediately before the July 9, 2007, announcement that it was being acquired by a Milwaukee bank for a 42-percent premium.
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BREAKING: Schrenker sentenced to 51 months in prison

August 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana money manager Marcus Schrenker was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison today in Florida on charges that he deliberately crashed his plane to fake his own death and flee financial ruin, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
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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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Penrod Society sues ex-treasurer for $380,000

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Penrod Society has filed a lawsuit against former treasurer Brandon Benker, seeking to recover more than $380,000 it alleges he embezzled last year.
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Penrod Society sues ex-treasurer for $380,000

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Penrod Society has filed a lawsuit against former treasurer Brandon Benker, seeking to recover more than $380,000 it alleges he embezzled last year.
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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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Dueling Franklins iron out trademark dispute

July 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana-based Franklin College and Ohio-based Franklin University resolved their legal case last night, with Franklin University agreeing to take specific steps in its advertisements to distinguish itself from Franklin College.
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Lauth's lawyers raking in big fees in bankruptcy reorganizationRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
Developer Lauth Group Inc. is sparing no expense on attorneys in the Chapter 11 reorganization of key subsidiaries. The company has hired two of the nation’s most prominent bankruptcy and restructuring specialists to handle the cases, and the bill for the first month easily will exceed $1 million.
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