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Former business owner Hockett sentenced for bank fraud

August 31, 2009
Scott Olson
A federal judge this morning sentenced a former Indianapolis business owner to 18 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to bank fraud in May.
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Noble Roman's wins latest round in fight with franchiseesRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
A group of former franchisees of Noble Roman’s Inc. has hired a new attorney to represent them in a case against the chain after a Hamilton County judge tossed their old lawyer.
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Marcus Schrenker gets prison sentence

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis money manager who crashed his plane and parachuted to safety in an elaborate scheme to fake his death and flee financial ruin, has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison.
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Dodson Group hit crisis mode after trusted CFO suspected of theftRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
At first, small-business owner Jim Dodson figured the problem must be a technical glitch. During a routine analysis of aging unpaid invoices last September, one of his employees couldn’t tie the latest figures to the company’s ledger. Accounts receivable for his company, the Dodson Group, had been overstated by $2.7 million—double their true value. And $422,539 was missing from the firm’s coffers.
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Locals settle First Indiana insider-trading case

August 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Securities and Exchange Commission said today that it has settled insider-trading charges against three local residents who bought shares in First Indiana Corp. immediately before the July 9, 2007, announcement that it was being acquired by a Milwaukee bank for a 42-percent premium.
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BREAKING: Schrenker sentenced to 51 months in prison

August 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana money manager Marcus Schrenker was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison today in Florida on charges that he deliberately crashed his plane to fake his own death and flee financial ruin, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
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Schrenker faces nine more charges in Indiana

August 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An Indiana money manager scheduled to be sentenced today in Florida on charges he deliberately crashed his plane to fake his death and flee financial ruin now faces more charges in his home state.
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BREAKING: Jury finds Premier's White guilty

August 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
A Marion County jury this evening found Christopher P. White guilty of three Class C felonies related to a $500,000 bad check he wrote last year in a last-ditch attempt to save his locally based development firm, Premier Properties USA Inc.
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Dodson Group CFO to plead guilty to wire fraud

August 18, 2009
Scott Olson
A former chief financial officer for The Dodson Group has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud after admitting to stealing $422,539 from the Indianapolis-based firm.
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Developer's fraud trial enters second day

August 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
Marion County prosecutors this morning began making their case that Christopher P. White knowingly wrote a bad check for $500,000 last year in a desperate attempt to save his Indianapolis-based development firm, Premier Properties USA Inc.
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Penrod Society sues ex-treasurer for $380,000

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Penrod Society has filed a lawsuit against former treasurer Brandon Benker, seeking to recover more than $380,000 it alleges he embezzled last year.
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Penrod Society sues ex-treasurer for $380,000

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Penrod Society has filed a lawsuit against former treasurer Brandon Benker, seeking to recover more than $380,000 it alleges he embezzled last year.
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Cemetery owner to plead guilty to theft, fraud

July 30, 2009
Scott Olson
A cemetery owner set to go on trial Monday has agreed to plead guilty to theft and securities fraud.
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Dueling Franklins iron out trademark dispute

July 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana-based Franklin College and Ohio-based Franklin University resolved their legal case last night, with Franklin University agreeing to take specific steps in its advertisements to distinguish itself from Franklin College.
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Lauth's lawyers raking in big fees in bankruptcy reorganizationRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
Developer Lauth Group Inc. is sparing no expense on attorneys in the Chapter 11 reorganization of key subsidiaries. The company has hired two of the nation’s most prominent bankruptcy and restructuring specialists to handle the cases, and the bill for the first month easily will exceed $1 million.
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ALTOM: Technology moves too fast for law to keep upRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Tim Altom
Technologists don’t usually give the law a basketful of respect. From our point of view, the law is struggling frantically to stay within a hundred yards of our bleeding edge. By the time the law gets around to speaking on a technical subject, the subject may not even exist anymore.
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Hilbert in-law's life insurance dispute takes odd turn

July 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Local businessman J.B. Carlson contends the $15 million life insurance policy he took out on Stephen Hilbert’s mother-in-law was legitimate, because she served on his firm’s board and was a key decision-maker. The mother-in-law, Germaine “Suzy” Tomlinson, died at age 74 last September—just 32 months after the policy was issued.
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Noblesville man sentenced for mortgage fraud

July 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A Noblesville man was sentenced to one year of home detention yesterday after pleading guilty to mortgage fraud in federal court. Marvin G. Hampton also was ordered to pay $262,424.76 in restitution to three lending institutions.
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Local firms recognized for pro bono work

July 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Led by Baker & Daniels LLP, Indianapolis' three largest law firms are recognized in the July issue of The American Lawyer magazine for their pro bono work.
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Carson vs. Chrysler, round oneRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, is taking on General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Corp. in the name of crash victims.
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Cummins sues insurers over $381M in flood claimsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Cummins Inc. is battling its insurers in court, saying they're refusing to pay most of the company's $381 million in claims stemming from the flood that immersed its southern Indiana facilities a year ago.
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ABEL: End in sight for 'pig in a poke' hourly billing by law firmsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Arend Abel
Fed up with excessive fees, some clients have started demanding alternatives to the tried-and-true methods, such as "value-based legal services."
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Despite what you might think, lawyers are compartatively scarce in IndianaRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Scott Olson
Only North and South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin have smaller proportions of lawyers within their working populations. Experts point to the state's shrinking base of corporate HQs, the exodus of law school graduates, and a less litigious climate overall.
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Pets, often overlooked in wills, are getting more attentionRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
While most people consider their family members and funeral costs in estate planning, many overlook their babies who happen to have four legs, a tail, feathers or even scales. A pet trust is a good solution.
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KELLER: The party's over for IU Law grads as stapped firms trim opportunitiesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Michael Keller
Fledgling attorneys face a legal industry in defensive mode, resulting in drooping employment figures.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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