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Durham backers who exited early now taking financial hitRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Greg Andrews
A group of elite Indianapolis investors who cashed out before Tim Durham's financial empire collapsed have reached a settlement with a bankruptcy trustee requiring them to give most of their money back.
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Durham fate rests in judge's hands

November 29, 2012
Cory Schouten
Convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham and two accomplices will find out Friday whether they will spend the rest of their lives in prison.
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Former Durham exec ordered to pay $30,000

August 22, 2012
Scott Olson
Former Obsidian Enterprises Inc. President Terry Whitesell will pay the amount as part of a settlement agreement. A bankruptcy trustee representing investors of Fair Finance Co., owned by convicted financier Tim Durham, had sought more than $225,000 from Whitesell.
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Trial evidence shows desperation in Fair Finance's final days

June 14, 2012
Cory Schouten
The men who presided over Ohio-based Fair Finance were at their wits end by late 2009. In government-recorded phone calls and intercepted e-mails introduced as evidence in U.S. District Court this week, they come across as exhausted, angry and determined.
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Fair bankruptcy trustee alleges complicity by silenceRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Greg Andrews
Lawyers overseeing Fair Finance's liquidation charge that, every step of the way, businesspeople who crossed Tim Durham’s path and witnessed questionable behavior looked the other way—because it was highly profitable for them to do so.
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Brizzi agrees to pay Fair Finance nearly $200K

November 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
The Fair Finance trustee alleged that, in addition to being huge campaign contributors to former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, Tim Durham and his companies helped cover Brizzi's personal expenses.
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Fair sues Shelbyville bank over sale of Durham Duesenberg

August 3, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee sued Shelbyville’s SCB Bank this week, charging it refuses to turn over hundreds of thousands of dollars it raised by auctioning off one of Tim Durham’s most valuable automobiles, a 1929 Duesenberg.
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Judge: Durham’s home-detention restrictions to continue

July 21, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal judge denied a request from indicted financier Tim Durham to relax the rules of his home detention. The judge also appointed a public defender for his business partner, James F. Cochran.
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Fair trustee issues subpoena for Brightpoint CEO

July 14, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee has subpoenaed Brightpoint Inc. CEO Robert J. Laikin as it tries to recover more than $19 million Laikin's brother borrowed from the Ohio company.
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Fair Finance trustee sues National Lampoon

June 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee this week sued National Lampoon Inc. seeking to recover millions of dollars that indicted financier Tim Durham provided the ailing Los Angeles-based comedy business over the past decade.
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Fraud suspect Durham released from halfway house

April 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Fraud suspect Tim Durham was released from a halfway house on Monday, after a more thorough accounting of his finances was presented to a federal magistrate. Durham had been at the Indianapolis facility since Wednesday.
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Durham set for afternoon federal court date

April 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former Indiana businessman Timothy Durham, 48, who is accused in a $200 million fraud scheme, is scheduled to appear in federal court in Indianapolis on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
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Convictions likely in federal Fair Finance case

March 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Defense attorneys representing indicted businessman Tim Durham and two other executives tied to bankrupt Fair Finance Co. could have a hard time convincing a jury to find them innocent. Federal prosecutors won 94.1 percent of their cases in 2009.
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Fair Finance investors likely to recover little money

March 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Authorities say Fair Finance, led by indicted businessman Tim Durham, owes 5,200 investors $230 million. But they're likely to recoup just a "teeny-tiny" fraction.
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Officials: Fair Finance largest fraud case in state's history

March 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Indictment_WatchVideoTimothy S. Durham (pictured at far left), James F. Cochran and Rick D. Snow were all arrested on Wednesday following a grand jury indictment.
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BREAKING: Durham, two other executives indicted for fraud

March 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Beleaguered local businessman Tim Durham and two other executives tied to bankrupt Fair Finance Co. have been indicted on felony charges of wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a complaint against the men in federal court.
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Ties to Durham haven't hurt McKain

February 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
For the past decade, Indianapolis-based professional speaker Scott McKain has used his experience at Obsidian Enterprise Inc. as the centerpiece of his marketing pitch, but Obsidian is not the success his bio advertises it to be.
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Fair trustee: Durham committed fraud of 'shocking proportions'

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee alleges Tim Durham perpetrated a fraud of  "shocking proportions,” draining huge sums from the Akron, Ohio, firm for years to mask that his business empire had collapsed.
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Durham trailer-maker sued for nearly $1M

January 14, 2010
Greg Andrews
First Merchants Bank is seeking nearly $1 million from Tim Durham and his companies through a recently filed loan-default lawsuit.
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Durham firm departing top floor of Chase Tower

December 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham's Obsidian Enterprises Inc. plans to vacate the top floor of the state's tallest building next month, real estate sources say.
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Durham enlisted directors with personal, financial ties

December 5, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carl Brizzi's short stint as a Fair Finance director reflects a larger pattern in Tim Durham’s business dealings.
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Disclosures key to feds' probe of Durham's Fair Finance

November 28, 2009
Greg Andrews
Any case federal prosecutors pursue against Tim Durham or his associates likely would revolve around what his Fair Finance Co. disclosed—or didn’t disclose—to potential investors, legal observers said.
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Brizzi dropped plan to serve on board of Durham company

November 25, 2009
Greg Andrews
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he agreed this fall to serve on the board of Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Co., but changed his mind several weeks later after Durham told him a newspaper was working on an investigative story about the company.
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UPDATE: FBI searches Durham-owned company offices

November 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
Ohio securities regulators say Tim Durham's Fair Finance Co. won't be permitted to sell additional investment certificates unless it satisfactorily answers a series of questions about the company's ability to pay them back.
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FBI serves search warrants on Durham-owned companies

November 24, 2009
The FBI on Tuesday executed search warrants at two companies led by high-profile executive Tim Durham—Indianapolis-based Obsidian Enterprises Inc. and Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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