Legal Issues

Judge denies ex-Countrymark CEO’s release from prison

September 9, 2011
David Swanson had requested to be let out of prison until an appeals court hears his case for early release later this month. He's serving a 12-year sentence for wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.
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Video shows former councilor taking money from FBI agent

September 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Prosecutors showed video in court of a former Indianapolis City-County Council member taking what they say was a $5,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent seeking help opening a strip club in the city.
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State lawyer calls IBM bid to depose Daniels 'meritless'

September 7, 2011
Associated Press
If Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels can promote his book and lead a motorcycle tour, he isn't too busy to testify about his decision to cancel a contract with IBM Corp. to automate welfare applications, the technology giant contends in a court filing.
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State Fair victims could receive funds in next few weeks

September 7, 2011
Scott Olson
A State Fair Remembrance Fund now containing more than $800,000 likely will be distributed before the state pays out a maximum $5 million in damages allowed by law, officials said Wednesday afternoon.
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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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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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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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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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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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Judge nearly sends Durham back to halfway house

August 19, 2011
Greg Andrews
Magistrate Judge Kennard Foster said Durham should not continue living at his sister's house or move back to his mansion because both are in foreclosure.
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Ice Miller merging with smaller Ohio firm

August 19, 2011
The combined firm, which will operate as Ice Miller, will have 314 lawyers and 358 other professionals and staff.
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Lawyers submit big bill in Fair Finance case

August 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Most of the $1.8 million that Fair Finance trustee Brian Bash has recovered so far could go to attorneys and accountants working on the massive fraud case involving Indianapolis financier Tim Durham.
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Damage cap limits state's potential losses from concert tragedy

August 18, 2011
Scott Olson
An Indiana law that limits damages paid by state entities likely will prompt lawyers to sue several other parties besides the state fair to try to recover as much as possible for victims of the concert calamity.
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