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Indiana man pleads guilty in fake credit union case

June 25, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
An Indianapolis man has pleaded guilty to a Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of millions of dollars through a fake online credit union.
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Feds sue Indianapolis man over fictional credit union

April 14, 2014
Chris O'Malley
An arrest warrant has been issued for Tim Coughlin, who has been accused of running a Ponzi scheme that collected $12.8 million from investors. In 2008, he proposed creating a 20-story balloon ride at White River State Park.
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'Local' firm played role in alleged pump-and-dump schemeRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Chris O'Malley
An investor-relations firm founded by an Indianapolis native allegedly helped insiders of a biotech firm to hype its stock on financial sites, then sell their own shares on the bump.
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Bill opens door to crowdfunding investments for businesses

March 19, 2014
Dan Human
Privately owned businesses in Indiana will be able to raise investments online as part of a bill on the way to Gov. Mike Pence's desk.
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Angie's List's believers, doomsayers dig in their heelsRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Greg Andrews

As Angie’s List approaches its second anniversary as a public company, investors remain as split as ever on whether the consumer-review company is wildly overvalued or a revolutionary Internet business still in its infancy.

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SEC charges Noblesville man in $6M investment scheme

August 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
John K. Marcum, 49, portrayed himself as a trader and asset manager to raise more than $6 million from at least 37 investors in six states through his company, Guaranty Reserves Trust, the SEC alleges.
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SEC accuses Indy cancer firm of being a sham

August 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
The SEC says the CEO of locally based biomedical firm Xytos Inc. has committed securities fraud since 2010 by repeatedly publishing false information to investors about the company. Timothy Cook denies the accusations.
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NASDAQ breakdown ramps pressure to take actions

August 23, 2013
Associated Press
The latest high-tech disruption in the financial markets ratchets up the pressure on NASDAQ and other electronic exchanges to take steps to avoid future breakdowns and manage them better if they do occur.
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City Securities' stumble opens door to rivalsRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
City Securities Corp. has dominated the Indiana municipal bond market for decades, but the firm’s recent $580,000 settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could give issuers pause and competitors a foot in the door in the underwriting business.
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Local brokerage Goelzer reaches $500,000 settlement with SEC

August 1, 2013
Jeff Newman
Indianapolis-based Goelzer Investment Management Inc. has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle SEC charges that it misled many of its clients over a period of 13 years, costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars in trading fees.
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City Securities paying $580,000 to settle SEC probe

July 29, 2013
Greg Andrews
The SEC said the Indianapolis investment firm and a southern Indiana school district made false statements to bond investors. The agency also said the head of City's municipal bond division, Randy Ruhl, provided improper gifts to bond issuers.
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SKARBECK: SEC enforcement powers important but limitedRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The SEC's reputation had taken a hit when an internal investigation found that senior employees were surfing pornographic websites during the financial crisis.
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Lilly agrees to pay $29.4M to settle SEC bribery charges

December 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
According to a statement released by the SEC, Eli Lilly paid $6.5 million—and in some cases gave jewelry and spa treatments—to win government contracts in Brazil, China, Russia and Poland.
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SEC accuses Positron CEO of misleading investors

November 28, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Regulators allege CEO Patrick G. Rooney diverted millions of dollars from a hedge fund into the struggling Fishers company without investors' knowledge.
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SEC filing: Ex-IPL chief Murtlow qualified for large payoutRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light chief Ann Murtlow left the utility this spring under terms of a separation agreement that would have entitled her to at least $404,410, according to documents the utility filed Nov. 3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Angie's List hopes investors see beyond the lossesRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Greg Andrews
The company's IPO filing includes this sobering disclaimer: “We have incurred net losses since inception, and we expect to continue to incur net losses in the foreseeable future.”
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Businessman settles with SEC in fraud case

May 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A Sheridan businessman has reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in a case alleging he bilked investors, engaged in illegal trading practices and misappropriated funds.
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Repeated price cuts take glow off Endocyte IPORestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Greg Andrews
New investors got in for $6 a share—which is less than the average price paid by prior investors, a regulatory filing reveals.
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Indiana businessman agrees to $3M fraud settlement

January 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana businessman Lowell Hancher has agreed to pay $3 million and never run a public company again to settle allegations by regulators that he carried out three separate fraud schemes over 5 years.
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Insurer for Durham firm to settle suits for $5.5M

December 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
The agreement allows embattled financier Tim Durham to remain on the board of CLST Holdings, but mandates he step down as chairman and not vote on any matter unless doing so would make the board unanimous.
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Knall accepts suspension in unusual SEC case

December 10, 2007
Greg Andrews
Newly public records suggest that securities investigators had far from an airtight insider-trading case against David Knall, the star Indianapolis investment broker who nonetheless agreed to settle the 3-year-old inquiry by agreeing to a one-year suspension. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the pact Dec. 4. In addition to consenting to the suspension, Knall, a managing partner of Stifel Nicolaus & Co., agreed to pay $123,865.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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