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Fishers money manager target of state probe

April 14, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indiana Secretary of State’s Office is investigating prominent Fishers money manager Keenan Hauke after one of his advisers accused Hauke of financial irregularities involving a hedge fund he operates.
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Durham prosecutors propose case-notification plans

April 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Instead of individually notifying the 5,400 investors that Tim Durham and two business partners are accused of defrauding, prosecutors want to keep them apprised of court proceedings through websites and an automated call center.
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Fraud suspect Durham released from halfway house

April 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Fraud suspect Tim Durham was released from a halfway house on Monday, after a more thorough accounting of his finances was presented to a federal magistrate. Durham had been at the Indianapolis facility since Wednesday.
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United Financial Systems slapped with lawsuit

April 9, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indianapolis insurance brokerage disciplined for unauthorized legal practice might now face millions of dollars in claims from more than 4,000 former clients because of a class-action suit filed in Marion Superior Court.
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Indicted businessman to remain in halfway house

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge has denied a request by Tim Durham, who is accused in a $200 million fraud scheme, to be released from an Indianapolis halfway house
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U.S. attorney sues GOP donor over unpaid trading penalty

April 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The federal government is suing a former Indianapolis businessman and major Republican donor to collect a $600,000 federal penalty for commodities trading violations.
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Judge moves Durham fraud trial to next year

April 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Federal Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on Thursday morning vacated the original trial date of May 16 and instead set jury selection for June 8, 2012. Meanwhile, lawyers for Tim Durham argued for his release from a halfway house he was sent to on Wednesday.
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Judge hears arguments in White election challenge

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
Attorneys for Democrats and Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White accused each other's clients of political manipulation during a Wednesday hearing.
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Compromise elusive on Indiana sentencing changes

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana legislator trying to find a compromise on a plan that Gov. Mitch Daniels originally pushed to help stem the state's prison costs seems to still have work ahead.
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Durham ordered to be held at halfway house for 7 days

April 6, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal magistrate on Wednesday ordered indicted financier Tim Durham held at a halfway house for seven days until he can provide a better accounting of his finances. The magistrate said "money means flight."
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Judge gives probation to three men for water violations

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker sentenced 61-year-old Michael R. Milem of Carmel, 44-year-old Mark R. Snow of Brazil and Joseph T. Biggio, 51, of Illinois after accepting their guilty pleas for violating the Federal Clean Water Act.
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Indiana judge dismisses lawsuit over forfeiture funds

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
An Indianapolis judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that accused 78 county prosecutors of breaking the law by not turning over assets seized from criminals to a state school fund.
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IT provider fires back at local not-for-profit

April 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Information Technology services provider Beracha Foundation is seeking more than $730,000 from Indianapolis-based Evangelical Baptist Missions Inc. for breaching IT and consulting contracts, plus real and punitive damages.
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Firm coordinator promoted to manager of diversity, pro bono

April 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis law firm of Baker & Daniels LLP has promoted Brita A. Horvath to manager of diversity and pro bono.
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Suit accuses Bank of America of fraud, racketeering

March 31, 2011
Scott Olson
The complaint, filed in Marion Superior Court, follows a similar suit that was dismissed in federal court. Bank of America and its Countrywide unit are accused of using perjured affidavits to foreclose on homes.
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Battery charges dropped against Fair Finance co-owner

March 31, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office has dropped domestic battery charges against Fair Finance Co. co-owner Jim Cochran after the alleged victims declined to pursue the case.
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Indy lawyer pays $371,000 to settle Fair Finance lawsuit

March 31, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance's bankruptcy trustee says attorney Stephen Plopper and his wife are paying the full amount due under a loan that matured in 2006.
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Second whistleblower joins suit against Rolls-Royce

March 31, 2011
Associated Press
A second person has joined a lawsuit alleging Rolls-Royce Corp. concealed repeated defects at an Indianapolis aircraft engine plant and fired workers for reporting problems.
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Judge unseals some Fair Finance raid records

March 30, 2011
Greg Andrews
Still under wraps is the the FBI affidavit in support of the Fair Finance search warrant. Prosecutors contend releasing that "would greatly prejudice the criminal case."
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Zimmer goes on offensive against lawyers

March 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Warsaw-based maker of orthopedic implants has filed suit to stop a Detroit-area law firm from making allegedly false claims and using its trademarks on websites designed to attract plaintiffs to sue Zimmer over one of its knee-replacement implants called NexGen.
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Fair Finance trustee renews call for return of political donations

March 28, 2011
Cory Schouten
The trustee in the Fair Finance bankruptcy has renewed a call for recipients of political contributions from accused Ponzi schemer Tim Durham to return the tainted cash after a federal grand jury indicted Durham on 12 felony counts.
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Another suit filed in Emmis, financier dispute

March 28, 2011
Emmis Communications Corp. is accusing Alden Global Capital, which once backed Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan's attempt to take the company private, of violating the "short-swing rule." This is the third suit involving the parties since Smulyan called off the move last year.
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Feds go after Fair Finance CFO, despite murkier motive

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
Unlike the other defendants, Fair Finance executive Rick Snow isn’t accused of tapping the company for a bevy of loans, then failing to repay the money.
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Brightpoint settles lawsuit with vendor

March 25, 2011
Scott Olson
The distributor of wireless phones agreed to drop its complaint, which accused a Massachusetts software provider of fraud and negligence in addition to breaching its agreement and warranty.
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Durham's ex-wife explains bond for indicted financier

March 23, 2011
Scott Olson
Joan SerVaas issued a written statement saying she and her father signed off on a $1 million bond because they're confident Tim Durham will continue to cooperate with federal authorities and abide by the conditions of his release.
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