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Authorities can't find Premier's White

June 23, 2008
Local law enforcement officials plan to cast a wider net in their quest to track down and arrest Christopher P. White, the founder of defunct developer Premier Properties USA Inc.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office filed three felony charges against White a week ago. But White hasn't turned himself in, and couldn't be found by law enforcement, including at his Lake Clearwater home.

An attorney for White, 50, told the prosecutor's office that he was in Florida but later said he no longer represents the developer, according to Matthew Symons, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office. Symons would not name the attorney.

The prosecutor's office has not heard from White or anyone else representing him, Symons said.

The charges against White include fraud on a financial institution, check fraud and theft - all Class C felonies stemming from a $500,000 bad check that authorities say White deposited into an account with The National Bank of Indianapolis in January.

The check was drawn on an account at JP Morgan Chase that never had a balance of more than $1,000, the prosecutor's office said. After depositing the check, White allegedly withdrew most of the proceeds, apparently so he could make payroll.

Financial and legal troubles began to mount for Premier and White last year as credit markets cooled. The 15-year-old company had built a reputation for taking on daring projects with little margin for error.

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