Criminal Charges

Ex-Dow Agro scientist receives seven years for economic espionage

December 21, 2011
Kexue Huang was sentenced after pleading guilty in October to sending Dow AgroSciences trade secrets to China and Germany.
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City-County councilor, two others indicted in scheme to defraud

December 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A City-County Council member and two associates persuaded an Indiana physician to invest $1.7 million in their foundation and an ethanol-production business they said would fund it, but instead spent the money on personal luxuries, according to a federal indictment filed late Tuesday.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist set to be sentenced in espionage case

December 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Federal prosecutors are recommending that Kexue Huang be sentenced to 87 months in prison for sending trade secrets worth millions to China and Germany.
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Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

December 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.
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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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Feds: Hauke OK'd disastrous real estate investments

December 14, 2011
Greg Andrews
Prosecutors allege Fishers investment manager Keenan Hauke hid losses for seven years by shifting assets among accounts and using new investors’ money to fund withdrawals.
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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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Brizzi agrees to pay Fair Finance nearly $200K

November 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
The Fair Finance trustee alleged that, in addition to being huge campaign contributors to former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, Tim Durham and his companies helped cover Brizzi's personal expenses.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist pleads guilty in espionage case

October 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Kexue Huang faces up to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday morning to sending trade secrets worth millions to China and Germany.
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Judge denies Plowman request to overturn convictions

September 29, 2011
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman had asked a judge to overturn his attempted extortion and bribery convictions after a jury found him guilty of the charges Sept. 15.
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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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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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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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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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Woman sentenced for illegal immigration service

July 29, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
M. Esther Barber, who is not an attorney, advertised herself to the Spanish-speaking community as a “notario” who can assist with immigration legal issues.
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Prosecutor drops charges against OmniSource

July 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi brought stolen property charges against scrap yard operator OmniSource. But his successor, Terry Curry, said the evidence doesn't support the allegations.
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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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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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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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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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Convictions likely in federal Fair Finance case

March 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Defense attorneys representing indicted businessman Tim Durham and two other executives tied to bankrupt Fair Finance Co. could have a hard time convincing a jury to find them innocent. Federal prosecutors won 94.1 percent of their cases in 2009.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

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