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Former attorney gets probation in fraud case

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A former attorney who pleaded guilty to mail fraud last year was sentenced to 3 years probation Tuesday by a federal judge.

The charge was brought in October 2008 in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, against Brian L. Nehrig, Fishers, following an FBI investigation into Nehrig's work on foreclosures in 2005 and 2006. He worked as a foreclosure attorney for Citifinancial and would submit bids at sheriff's sales for foreclosed homes. The investigation found Nehrig sometimes submitted inflated bids and had arrangements with friends and associates to buy the properties. He didn't tell Citifinancial about the arrangements and kept the profits, a $66,000 loss for Citifinancial.

Nehrig faced up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the mail fraud charge. He resigned from the bar in 2007.

In addition to the three years of probation, District Judge Sarah Evans Baker sentenced Nehrig to 6 months home confinement, and that he perform 8 hours of community service each month while he is on probation. He also was fined $2,500.

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