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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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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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