Tim Durham

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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Local designer’s bankruptcy tied to Fair Finance

November 28, 2012
Scott Olson
SC Design Inc. lists debt of $1.5 million. Most of it is owed to Fair Finance, formerly co-owned by convicted fraudster Tim Durham, through a claim filed by a trustee seeking to recover investor funds.
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Prosecutors: Durham, accomplices deserve life sentences

November 27, 2012
Scott Olson
Saying their crimes were "as serious as any financial fraud crime ever committed," federal prosecutors re-emphasized Monday their recommendation that Ponzi schemer Tim Durham and his two accomplices deserve to spend the rest of their lives in prison.
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Durham asks court for five-year sentence

November 26, 2012
Scott Olson
Convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham is requesting a much shorter prison stay than the life sentence federal prosecutors want him to serve. The convicted Ponzi schemer and two associates are set to be sentenced Friday.
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Pliant Ohio regulators helped clear path for Durham's fraudRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Ohio Division of Securities allowed Fair Finance to register investment certificates even after the company stopped providing audited financials and Tim Durham drained more than $100 million from the firm through insider loans.
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Indianapolis accounting firm settles with Fair Finance trustee

November 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Somerset CPAs PC will pay $500,000 to settle litigation brought by the bankruptcy trustee of Fair Finance Co., the Ohio-based firm that convicted financier Tim Durham used to conduct a major Ponzi scheme.
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Durham lawyer balks at proposed 225-year sentence

November 1, 2012
Greg Andrews
The attorney for convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham argues that the presentencing report miscalculates the losses suffered by investors, includes a range of allegations that weren’t proven at trial and blames his client for events outside his control.
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Legal fees nearing $9M in Fair Finance bankruptcy

October 17, 2012
Cory Schouten
The trustee in the Fair Finance bankruptcy case and his law firm have run up legal bills approaching $9 million, nearly double the recoveries they've achieved to date for investors victimized by convicted fraudster Tim Durham.
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Sentencing date set for convicted financier Durham

September 26, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge has set a November sentencing for Indiana financier Tim Durham and two business associates convicted of swindling thousands of investors out of more than $200 million.
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Judge rejects Fair Finance attorneys' fee request

July 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The compensation plan submitted by Cleveland-based Baker & Hostetler LLP could have netted the law firm $32.5 million if it recovered the entire $200 million or more owed to investors of Fair Finance, which was owned by convicted Indianapolis financier Tim Durham.
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Judge orders Durham, Cochran jailed until sentencing

June 25, 2012
Cory Schouten
Convicted Ponzi schemers Tim Durham and James Cochran will be held in a federal prison until sentencing, while accomplice Rick Snow will be confined under home detention, under an order issued Monday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson.
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Outlook improves for Fair Finance investors

June 23, 2012
Greg Andrews
A New York firm is contacting Fair Finance Co. investors seeking to purchase their bankruptcy claims—a sign of growing optimism that investors in the defunct business will secure a sizable recovery.
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Durham attorney vows to appeal guilty verdict

June 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
An attorney for convicted fraud mastermind Tim Durham vowed Thursday to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary to prove his client did nothing wrong.
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Durham found guilty on all counts

June 20, 2012
Cory Schouten
U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett hailed the jury's decision, calling the case "the most significant piece of litigation the Southern District has seen in a generation." Tim Durham and co-defendants Jim Cochran and Rick Snow were handcuffed and taken to the Marion County Jail.
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Jury begins deliberations in Durham fraud trial

June 20, 2012
Cory Schouten
The jury began deliberations Wednesday morning in the federal fraud trial of financier Tim Durham and two co-defendants.
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Durham trial closing arguments provide clashing accounts

June 20, 2012
Cory Schouten
The prosecution described Tim Durham as "the mastermind" of a Ponzi scheme, while partner Jim Cochran acted as the front man who lied "to people's faces," and Chief Financial Officer Rick Snow served as the "backroom numbers guy."
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Defense rests in Durham trial without defendants testifying

June 19, 2012
Cory Schouten
Defense attorneys in the federal fraud trial of Fair Finance executives Tim Durham, Jim Cochran and Rick Snow rested their cases Tuesday morning after calling just one witness and introducing a handful of exhibits.
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Prosecution rests after testimony from Fair Finance trustee

June 18, 2012
Cory Schouten
Attorneys for Tim Durham and his co-defendants are expected to start their defense Tuesday morning and wrap it up in the afternoon. The jury is expected to begin deliberations Wednesday.
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Durham prosecutors wrap case with details on asset transfer

June 18, 2012
Greg Andrews, Cory Schouten
In the weeks before an FBI raid shut down Fair Finance Co., top company executives led by Indianapolis financier Tim Durham devised a last-ditch maneuver they hoped would persuade Ohio regulators to allow them to keep selling investment certificates.
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Fair Finance CFO staying out of prosecutors' crosshairsRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Greg Andrews
Rick Snow, Fair Finance Co.'s former chief financial officer, isn't accused of collecting insider loans like co-defendants Tim Durham and Jim Cochran. But he's facing the same felony charges.
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Durham trial: Auditor expected problems at Fair Finance

June 15, 2012
Cory Schouten
The accounting firm Tim Durham hired to review the Ohio company’s 2003 finances refused to complete an audit because of concerns about the accuracy of its numbers and the appropriateness of its practices. The FBI raided Fair Finance in November 2009.
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AUDIO: Wiretaps capture Durham, co-defendants scrambling

June 15, 2012
Greg Andrews, Mason King, Cory Schouten
Durham wiretap audio video
                           iconA series of government-recorded phone calls have provided some of the most riveting courtroom moments during the fraud trial of Tim Durham and two co-defendants.
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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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Durham prosecutors ask to admit IBJ story as evidence

June 14, 2012
Cory Schouten
Federal prosecutors in the Tim Durham fraud trial on Wednesday sought to introduce into evidence an IBJ investigative report from October 2009, but a judge agreed with a defense attorney and denied the request.
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VIDEO: Fair Finance investor's family lost $475K

June 13, 2012
Cory Schouten
Durham Russell
                           watch videoDonald Russell, a retired deputy sheriff, is among the more than 5,000 clients of Fair Finance who lost big investments with the Ohio firm. After testifying on Tuesday during the fraud trial for Fair owner Tim Durham, he shared his story with IBJ.
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