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Feds used wire tap, undercover agent in Land Bank probe

May 21, 2013
Cory Schouten
A federal public-corruption task force used a wire tap and an undercover FBI agent to unravel a fraud scheme authorities say was orchestrated by two city employees and three co-conspirators.
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Ex-councilor Bateman sentenced to 27 months in prison

May 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Paul C. Bateman Jr. had pleaded guilty in January to his part in defrauding an Indianapolis physician of $1.7 million.
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Assets of attorney in fraud case have gone missing, feds say

May 3, 2013
Dave Stafford
After being charged with defrauding clients, Indianapolis attorney William Conour was ordered not to dispose of his personal property. But much of it is now missing, including art, furniture, sports memorabilia and bottles of expensive champagne, according to court filings.
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Grifter gets 19 months for fraud that hit Indy firms

April 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
Despite her dramatic pleas to a federal judge on Tuesday, Dina Wein Reis, who defrauded corporations out of millions of dollars, will go to prison.
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Jury finds Bateman co-defendant not guilty in $1.7M fraud

February 15, 2013
Cory Schouten
Manuel Gonzalez has been acquitted of three counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering in connection with a scheme that targeted an Indianapolis physician. Former City-County Councilor Paul Bateman pleaded guilty last month to participating in the scheme.
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Defense attorneys turn tough in Bales trial

February 1, 2013
Cory Schouten
The legal team representing real estate broker John M. Bales and partner William E. Spencer haven't called their first witness and already they're putting up a spirited fight as federal prosecutors seek to prove 13 charges including bank, mail and wire fraud.
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Convicted financier Durham says he can't afford a lawyer

December 18, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana financier and former chief executive of National Lampoon who was convicted of swindling investors out of about $200 million says he can't afford to hire an attorney to handle his appeal.
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Court affirms block on Planned Parenthood defunding

October 23, 2012
Associated Press
An injunction against an Indiana law that blocks state Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood has been upheld by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Small law firm sees faith in WellPoint class-action suit pay offRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Greg Andrews
A federal judge in June granted preliminary approval to a deal under which WellPoint Inc. would pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit charging it undercompensated policyholders when it converted into a public company in 2001.
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Judge upholds Indiana Facebook ban for sex offenders

June 24, 2012
Associated Press
The ACLU has said it will appeal a federal judge's decision to uphold an Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social networking sites used by children.
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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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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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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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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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No lockstep defense strategy for Durham co-defendants

June 13, 2012
Cory Schouten
Tim Durham and his co-defendants in the fraud case involving Fair Finance sit on the same side of the courtroom, but that doesn't mean their interests are always aligned.
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Durham trial: Fair Finance controller details cash crunch

June 12, 2012
Cory Schouten
The former controller at Fair Finance is testifying at the fraud trial of Tim Durham as a star witness for the federal government in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
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WellPoint prevails in shareholder suit over 2001 restructuring

December 28, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A federal judge has dismissed a shareholder class-action lawsuit against WellPoint stemming from the company’s 2001 conversion from a mutual insurer to a publicly traded company.
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Grand jury indicts local real estate broker Bales

December 14, 2011
Cory Schouten
A grand jury in South Bend has returned a 14-count criminal indictment against Indianapolis real estate broker John M. Bales and two associates over a state lease deal in Elkhart that was first revealed as part of an IBJ investigation.
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Judge in high-stakes lawsuit drowns lawyers in praiseRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Greg Andrews
The federal judge said class counsel achieved “fabulous results with incredible efficiency” and that he had never been more proud of his profession in his 36-year legal career.
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Judge allows class in suit against state tort law

November 23, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker has certified the victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse as a single class in a lawsuit challenging a law that caps the state's liability at $5 million. However, she concluded the plaintiffs are unlikely to win the challenge.
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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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Federal judge dismisses Brightpoint fraud suit

June 13, 2011
Scott Olson
A London-based hedge fund sued Brightpoint over a $10 million loan it alleged the Indianapolis-based mobile phone distributor fraudulently brokered in anticipation of an acquisition that never materialized.
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Ex-Countrymark CEO clamors for conviction reversal

March 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
David Swanson, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for skimming $2.7 million from CountryMark in 2003, was in court in Indianapolis last week, trying to get his sentence reduced or conviction overturned.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Sarah Evans Barker won't stop

March 9, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Barker_WatchVideoHow did Indiana's first female federal judge go from clueless student to the bench? Would she be a good fit for the Supreme Court? When will she retire? Sarah Evans Barker presents her findings.
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U.S. court voids NCAA ruling, seeks help on state law

October 18, 2010
Bloomberg News
A three-judge panel of the Chicago-based appeals court Monday reversed its own July ruling that said the NCAA must face a lawsuit by consumers claiming its ticket-distribution method violates Indiana law.
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