Securities fraud

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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Decade-old Heartland fraud case nearing end

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The receiver appointed in the case is distributing the last of $2.6 million in assets he recovered from the $29 million investors lost in the Ponzi scheme.
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Hamilton County woman to be sentenced in stock scheme

February 16, 2011
Prior to Wednesday's sentencing, the Secretary of State's securities division said it reached an agreement to liquidate the assets of Dorothy Geisler, including her home on Geist Reservoir.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Durham relatives

January 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
The case against Jeffrey and Dana Osler is the latest in what is expected to be a string of suits by the trustee against friends and business associates of Tim Durham who took out loans from Fair Finance but made few if any payments.
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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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Developer who drew friends into Ponzi reaches $1M dealRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Greg Andrews
Sydney "Jack" Williams, founder of Williams Realty Group, recruited dozens of investors, many with Indiana ties, to invest in a Florida business that turned out to be a giant fraud.
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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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Citigroup subsidiary agrees to $717,000 Indiana fine

November 8, 2010
The penalty stems from charges that Citigroup Global Markets failed to monitor a former agent accused of working with Robert Nelms, who was sentenced in May for securities fraud involving a $24 million cemetery trust fund operated by Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp.
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Secretary of state files complaint against teachers' fund broker

October 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Karandos, a broker who advised the Indiana State Teachers Association Insurance Trust before it collapsed in 2009, is facing an administrative complaint from the Indiana Securities Division, which alleges 13 violations for unethical, dishonest and deceptive practices.
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Recovery from Schrenker likely to be only 7 percent

October 25, 2010
Associated Press
A report by the receiver appointed to document Marcus Schrenker's assets says he just doesn't have enough money to repay investors more than that.
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Schrenker sentenced to 10 years for securities fraud

October 7, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Superior Court Judge Steven Nation sentenced Marcus Schrenker to 10 years in prison, ignoring Schrenker's claims that a lighter sentence would give him enough time to make things right.
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UPDATE: Schrenker pleads guilty to securities fraud

September 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former money manager admits to bilking friends, family members and other investors out of millions of dollars before trying to fake his own death. He'll be sentenced Oct. 7.
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Defendant pleads guilty in $880M fraud case

September 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Florida man with ties to the founder of Indianapolis-based Williams Realty Group pleaded guilty Wednesday to running a multistate Ponzi scheme that prosecutors say left investors with up to $100 million in losses.
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Hamilton County woman pleads guilty to securities fraud

August 19, 2010
Dorothy Geisler-Tragardh, who had been a partner in a clean-coal energy company called Praxis Resource Partners LLC, was accused of running a stock-sale scheme in which she took nearly $2 million from investors.
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Schrenker to plead guilty to securities fraud

August 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A former money manager convicted of trying to fake his own death in a Florida plane crash last year has agreed to plead guilty to securities fraud charges in Indiana. Marcus Schrenker would face 10 years in prison.
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Avoiding fraud easier than recovery

July 3, 2010
We want to emphasize ways that investors can avoid fraudulent schemes, as the opportunity for restitution rarely compensates investors for their losses.
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Securities firm Stifel Nicolaus balks at fraud charge

October 10, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Transactions cited in the complaint involved advisers scattered across the firm’s seven Indiana offices, though two-thirds were clients of Jeff Cohen.
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