Fraud

Feds say 3 hacked law firms' networks, made insider trades

December 27, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal prosecutors have charged three Chinese nationals accused of profiting from insider information about mergers and acquisitions by hacking into the networks of law firms working on the deals, authorities said Tuesday.
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Trump University settlement filed for judge's review

December 20, 2016
 Associated Press
Lawyers for Donald Trump and former students of his now-defunct Trump University filed an agreement in court to settle lawsuits alleging that the president-elect defrauded them, signaling that a deal announced last month remains on track for a judge's approval next year.
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Feds bring charges in alleged fraud scheme that stung CNO Financial

December 20, 2016
Greg Andrews, Indianapolis Business Journal
Prosecutors on Monday lowered the boom on the New York-based hedge fund Platinum Partners, alleging it carried out a $1 billion fraud that left hundreds of victims—including CNO Financial Group.
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Trial date set in Vigo County School Corp kickback scheme

December 20, 2016
 Associated Press
A trial date has been set for two former Vigo County School Corp. employees accused in an over-billing kickback scheme that cost the school district over $80,000.
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Federal grand jury indicts 2 former Vigo school officials

December 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal grand jury indicted two former western Indiana school officials Wednesday on wire fraud and other charges for allegedly embezzling more than $80,000 through a kickback scheme with a contractor.
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Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm

December 6, 2016
 Associated Press
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005's Hurricane Katrina.
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2 Indiana men sentenced to prison for biodiesels fraud

December 5, 2016
 Associated Press
Two Indiana men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in what federal authorities say was a multi-million dollar fraud scheme involving biofuels.
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Judge to mull latest request to delay Trump University trial

November 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge on Tuesday scheduled a hearing to consider President-elect Donald Trump's request to delay a civil fraud trial involving his now-defunct Trump University until after his inauguration on Jan. 20.
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Warrant: Indiana workers submitted bogus voter registrations

November 16, 2016
 Associated Press
Employees of an Indiana voter mobilization group with deep ties to the Democratic Party submitted several hundred voter registrations that included false, incomplete or fraudulent information, according to a search warrant unsealed Monday.
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Trump lawyers to begin settlement talks on Trump University

November 11, 2016
 Associated Press
Donald Trump's attorneys on Thursday agreed to enter settlement talks in a class-action fraud lawsuit involving the president-elect and his now-defunct Trump University, raising the possibility of a quick end to the 6 ½-year-old case just before it goes to trial.
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Trump University lawsuit heads toward Nov. 28 trial

November 10, 2016
 Associated Press
Donald Trump is scheduled to go on trial this month in a class-action lawsuit against him and his now-defunct Trump University, potentially taking the witness stand weeks before his inauguration as president of the United States.
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Voter group wants documents unsealed in Indiana search

October 28, 2016
 Associated Press
A voter mobilization facing an investigation into possible voter registration fraud asked a court Thursday to unseal documents from an Indiana State Police search of its offices, saying it "has been publicly demonized by the highest state officials in Indiana."
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Indiana police to discuss voter fraud probe no further

October 26, 2016
 Associated Press
The prosecutor in Indiana's most populous county has asked State Police to release no additional information on its investigation into possible voter fraud in 56 of the state's counties.
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Indiana official clarifies voter registration fraud probe

October 20, 2016
 Associated Press
After initially warning of potential widespread voting fraud, Indiana's secretary of state has acknowledged that many of the thousands of altered registration records she flagged might just be residents rushing to correct their names or birth dates ahead of the election.
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Barnes & Thornburg malpractice suit prompts judge’s warning

October 19, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indiana’s largest law firm prevailed in defending a judgment in its favor in a legal malpractice suit, but an Indiana Court of Appeals judge took the opportunity to question whether lawyers should be able to shield themselves from liability for future acts of malpractice.
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State police investigating possible voter fraud

October 18, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana State Police are investigating possible statewide voter fraud after the Secretary of State’s office discovered thousands of Hoosiers’ voter registration information had been changed.
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Former Monroe County auditor faces fraud charges

October 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A former Monroe County auditor faces fraud and official misconduct charges for allegedly using his county-issued credit card for personal expenses.
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Feds say ASC's CEO, 3 others used kickbacks, shell firms to pull off massive fraud

October 12, 2016
Indianapolis Business Journal
An indictment unsealed Wednesday alleges that former American Senior Communities CEO James Burkhart orchestrated a massive scheme that used kickbacks and shell companies to defraud the nursing home company, its owner and federal health care programs out of many millions of dollars.
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Supreme Court prohibits legal practice for 4 attorneys

October 10, 2016
IL Staff
Four Indiana attorneys can no longer practice law in the state after the Indiana Supreme Court decided on four disciplinary cases late last week.
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Greenwood man charged in $2.7M fraud scheme involving local contractor

September 22, 2016
Indianapolis Business Journal
A former project manager for one of the Indianapolis’ largest construction contractors has been charged with mail fraud and making a false tax return.
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Judge denies 5-week delay in Trump University trial

September 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge in San Diego has denied Donald Trump's request for a five-week delay to a trial to determine whether the now-defunct Trump University defrauded customers.
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Judge rejects Durham’s bid to dismiss SEC civil suit

August 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
Ponzi scheme operator Tim Durham has failed to persuade a federal judge to dismiss the government’s civil action against him and other convicted accomplices.
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Ex-Ovation CFO gets suspended sentence in $600,000 embezzlement scheme

July 25, 2016
Indianapolis Business Journal
The former chief financial officer of Ovation Audio-Video Solution LLC received a three-year suspended sentence Monday after pleading guilty to securities fraud in connection with a scheme that allowed him to embezzle more than $600,000 from the company.
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Indiana Supreme Court disbars Tim Durham

July 20, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court disbarred Indianapolis attorney Tim Durham Wednesday because of his “fraudulent looting of funds entrusted to him by investors.” Durham is currently serving a 50-year sentence for 10 counts of wire and securities fraud.
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Anderson man indicted on fraud charges

July 7, 2016
IL Staff
A former Indiana Department of Correction officer has been indicted by a federal jury for committing wire fraud and making false declarations in a federal lawsuit.
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  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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