Law

Court upholds former pastor's fraud sentence

September 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a 54-year sentence for a 67-year-old former pastor convicted of pocketing millions of dollars that investors believed would be used to build churches.
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Small claims court could move from City-County Building

September 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Citing budget cuts and a rent increase, Center Township Trustee Eugene Akers wants to move the small claims court into the Julia Carson Government Center, against the judge's wishes.
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Dynasty trusts growing in popularity among super-richRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A tool allowing the super-wealthy to pass assets from one generation to the next without paying taxes is resurging among Hoosier investors.
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Judge in Ponzi case deals blow to Hoosier developerRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
A federal bankruptcy judge in Florida has rejected a settlement that would have extricated former Indianapolis developer Sydney “Jack” Williams from tens of millions of dollars in claims for a mere $334,000.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist makes plea in trade-secret case

September 15, 2011
Associated Press
A former Indiana scientist has agreed to plead guilty to charges of illegally sending trade secrets worth $300 million to China and Germany.
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Ex-Ohio State, Colts player pleads guilty in scam

September 15, 2011
Associated Press
Former Ohio State University and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Art Schlichter, whose football career was derailed by a gambling addiction, has pleaded guilty to state theft charges linked to a sports ticket fraud scheme.
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Former City-County Councilor Plowman found guilty

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Former City County Councilor Lincoln Plowman, found guilty Thursday afternoon of federal bribery and attempted extortion charges, will await sentencing on home detention.
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Jury hears closing arguments in Plowman case

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman is accused of using his official position to collect $6,000 to help gain zoning approval for a new strip club. He's charged with bribery and attempted extortion.
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Judge tosses wrongful-firing suit against Pacers owner

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
A lawsuit by a nanny and a chauffeur against Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife has ended with a judge's written ruling confirming that the employees failed to prove their claims of mistreatment.
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State fair's plan short on evacuation details

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
An emergency response plan drafted 10 months before the Indiana State Fair's deadly stage collapse details how staff should handle evacuations, but it doesn't spell out the precise scenarios that would trigger an evacuation, newly released documents indicate.
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Judge approves legal fees in Fair Finance case

September 13, 2011
The amount paid to lawyers so far nearly accounts for the entire $1.8 million that a Fair Finance trustee has recovered so far for investors of the Akron, Ohio-based company led by indicted financier Tim Durham.
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Sugarland named in notice of stage-collapse suit

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
The band that was preparing to perform at the Indiana State Fair before a fatal stage collapse has been named as a defendant in a potential lawsuit in a notice sent to the state attorney general.
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Fair trustee settles with local political groups

September 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The settlements involve donations made by Tim Durham totaling $60,000 to the Marion County Republican Central Committee, Greater Indianapolis Republican Finance Committee and the Committee to Elect Lawrence Mayor Paul Ricketts.
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Authors Guild sues universities over online books

September 12, 2011
Associated Press
Authors and authors' groups sued the University of Michigan, Indiana University and three other universities Monday, seeking to stop the creation of online libraries made up of as many as 7 million copyright-protected books they say were scanned without authorization.
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Senate passes overhaul of patent system

September 10, 2011
Bloomberg News
The legislation would fundamentally alter the way patents are reviewed and mark the biggest change to U.S. patent law since at least 1952.
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New financing may give battered dry cleaner fresh startRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Greg Andrews
US Dry Cleaning’s September 2008 purchase of Tuchman Cleaners was supposed to end years of financial strain for the 25-store Indianapolis chain, but it didn’t happen.
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Judge denies ex-Countrymark CEO’s release from prison

September 9, 2011
David Swanson had requested to be let out of prison until an appeals court hears his case for early release later this month. He's serving a 12-year sentence for wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.
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Video shows former councilor taking money from FBI agent

September 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Prosecutors showed video in court of a former Indianapolis City-County Council member taking what they say was a $5,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent seeking help opening a strip club in the city.
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State lawyer calls IBM bid to depose Daniels 'meritless'

September 7, 2011
Associated Press
If Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels can promote his book and lead a motorcycle tour, he isn't too busy to testify about his decision to cancel a contract with IBM Corp. to automate welfare applications, the technology giant contends in a court filing.
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State Fair victims could receive funds in next few weeks

September 7, 2011
Scott Olson
A State Fair Remembrance Fund now containing more than $800,000 likely will be distributed before the state pays out a maximum $5 million in damages allowed by law, officials said Wednesday afternoon.
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Former City-County Councilor’s trial gets under way

September 6, 2011
Scott Olson
An attorney for Lincoln Plowman, a former City-County Council member on trial for attempted extortion, says his client was seeking payment for his services, not soliciting a bribe from an undercover agent posing as a strip-club operator.
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Former real estate exec to plead guilty to wire fraud

September 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Kim Hutchinson, former treasurer of J. Greg Allen Builders and Princeton Homes, agreed to plead guilty to stealing $446,419. Her cooperation likely will result in a lighter sentence of 30 to 40 months.
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Hat World suing three former execs for contract breaches

September 2, 2011
Scott Olson
The federal suit seeks monetary damages and a permanent injunction prohibiting the men from soliciting customers and employees, and from disclosing trade secrets.
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Goldsmith arrest prompted resignation from NYC

September 1, 2011
The former mayor of Indianapolis says he stepped down from his job as deputy mayor of New York City following his arrest over a domestic violence incident. The Goldsmiths deny accounts cited in a police report.
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Former auction house owner Kruse released on bond

August 31, 2011
Associated Press
Former auction house owner Dean V. Kruse has been released on bond after surrendering to face a theft charge out of Pennsylvania alleging that he never paid a man $38,000 for selling an antique hearse.
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