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The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday that it has dropped all criminal charges and pending litigation against OmniSource Corp., one of the state’s largest metal recyclers.

Charges stemmed from a February 2009 raid by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Indiana State Police, which collected evidence and seized about $300,000.

The raids were the culmination of a year-long undercover investigation into allegations that OmniSource participated in racketeering and received stolen property.

A Marion County grand jury returned a 16-page indictment against OmniSource in October 2010, charging the company with three counts of corrupt business influence and five counts of attempted receipt of stolen property. The indictment detailed dozens of allegations, including charges OmniSource bought stolen cars, car parts, boats, gutters, wiring and other items as scrap metal prices climbed between June 2007 and May 2009.

Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi filed the charges against OmniSource, which operates five scrap yards in Indianapolis and a foundry facility in Hendricks County.

But on Wednesday, Brizzi’s successor, Prosecutor Terry Curry, said the evidence doesn’t support the allegations.

The prosecutor’s office will dismiss all pending litigation and return to OmniSource all money seized by criminal investigators.

“There is simply insufficient evidence that OmniSource or its employees knowingly engaged in any unlawful transactions,” Curry said in a prepared statement.

The company employed more than 50 off-duty IMPD officers to provide security and prevent theft. Curry said there is no evidence that IMPD officers who worked part-time for OmniSource were involved in any kind of criminal activity.

Pending approval from the city’s Department of Public Safety, IMPD officers will resume their part-time employment at OmniSource, Curry said.

OmniSource is a subsidiary of publicly traded Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc.

“Prosecutor Curry has renewed our faith in the system, and we pledge our full cooperation to help reduce the incidence of stolen metal transactions in Marion County,” President and CEO Mike Millett said in a statement.

Millett said the company has agreed to give the $300,000 that was seized to local law enforcement to help fund training programs.

OmniSource had sued Brizzi last year to recover the seized cash.

 

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  • refund
    omnisource did not pay anybody 300.000 It was seized during the investigation and the prosecuter has to return it because it was wrongfully seized.
  • There's a song in there....
    Thanks to the Who:

    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss

    Brizzi lives on - just a new face and a new party but same old, same old.
  • Special Prosecutor
    I'm not sure the process, but there needs to be a special prosecutor appointed to look at this "settlement." It looks and smells like good old fashioned bribery. If the felony charges are without merit, why is Omnisource paying $300,000? Obviously the payment is connected to the dropping of charges. And what entitles Curry to even keep the money? It's not his call.
    • Um, DUH
      This wouldn't happen to have occurred after Omnisource pointed out Carl Brizzi's special relationship with John Bales who allegedly owns what company that competes against Omnisource?
    • Standard Corruption
      Standard Indianapolis corruption. If you are IMPD or in politics in Indianapolis you can do what ever you want like stealing, speeding, cheating, drunk driving, beatings, killings and any other form of corruption. But if you are a citizen the only thing that you have to look forward to is harassment and being treated like dog excrement. This is simply a $300,000 BRIBE.. I wonder how much those 50 IMPD officers had to do with the charges being dropped. Average Joe would be in jail for life if he even thought about doing some of what these politicians and the GANG of criminals known as IMPD does.
    • Very Suspicious
      Agree. The grand jury had enough for a 16 page indictment yet there isn't enough evidence? I would call for a special prosecutor to be called in. This stinks!
    • good deal
      so, if you'll drop all of the charges, i'll let you keep the $300,000?
    • Omnisource
      Business as usual. Bring on the manhole covers and catalytic converters!
    • Really?
      OmniSource is just giving away $300,000 (to local law enforcement, no less)? And re-employing 50 off-duty cops? This smells like last week's garbage.

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