Fraud

7th Circuit reversal: Conour fraud victims, not creditor, take priority

June 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
Fraud victims of disgraced former lawyer William Conour have the upper hand over his former law firm creditor who was awarded a judgment of almost $775,000, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, reversing the District Court and signaling too much may have been awarded.
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US health fraud stings net 301 people this year, most ever

June 22, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. charged 301 people this year in a series of medical fraud sting operations, the most ever, for allegedly running scams that bilked the government out of $900 million.
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Home Depot: US credit card firms slow to upgrade security

June 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Visa and MasterCard are using security measures prone to fraud, putting retailers and customers at risk of hacking attacks by cyber thieves, The Home Depot Inc. says in a new federal lawsuit.
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As Koch brothers cling to Madoff cash, a new legal battle arises

June 3, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have made plenty of good business decisions over the years. Placing millions of dollars with Ponzi-scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff may have been one of them.
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Judge orders release of documents in Trump University suit

May 31, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A federal judge with connections to Indiana is ordering the release of Trump University internal documents in a class-action lawsuit against the now-defunct real estate school owned by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
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Madoff sons' fight over cash endures long after their deaths

May 10, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The trustee unwinding Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is losing patience with the estates of the con man’s dead sons.
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Indiana gets $9.2M in Wyeth Medicaid fraud settlement

April 29, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana’s Medicaid program will recoup $9.2 million from a drugmaker that underpaid rebates the state was owed for prescription drugs, Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s officer said in a news release Friday.
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Ex-lawyer who lied to lenders in Maxim deal gets prison time

April 22, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A former lawyer at Bryan Cave LLP was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to lenders as part of a failed scheme to buy Maxim Magazine through impersonation, a false email and stolen money.
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Attorney: NCAA also deserves blame in UNC fraud scandal

April 21, 2016
 Associated Press
An attorney representing two ex-University of North Carolina athletes says the school and Indianapolis-based NCAA are both responsible for UNC's long-running academic fraud scandal that he says denied athletes a quality education.
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Lawyer in massive disability fraud case could be released

April 11, 2016
 Associated Press
Eric C. Conn, the Kentucky lawyer accused of conspiring to defraud the government of $600 million in questionable federal disability payments, could be released from jail pending trial.
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Patriots fans sue NFL over team's 'Deflategate' punishment

April 6, 2016
 Associated Press
A group of New England Patriots fans have sued the NFL in an effort to recover the first-round draft pick taken from the team as punishment for the "Deflategate" scandal.
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Former Madoff aides claim race-baiting in conviction appeal

March 29, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Five former Bernard Madoff employees who were convicted of aiding the con man’s $17.5 billion fraud asked for a new trial, arguing that the lead prosecutor, who is black, improperly alluded to race when he asked the mostly minority jury to have the “courage” to convict.
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COA: Contract can be rescinded after land misrepresented

March 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals found a rental company could rescind its purchasing contract for a tract of land after the company that owned the land misrepresented it to the buyer.
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'Quasi-contract' not enough in fraud suit

March 28, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said a “quasi-contract” was not enough to pursue damages in a fraud case where one additive was unknowingly substituted for another.
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7th Circuit affirms $34.2M in fraudulent transfer case

March 23, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling from the Southern District of Indiana that a company needs to pay $34.2 million for a crop-insurance business it bought and later sold to other companies it also controlled.
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7th Circuit dismisses appeal due to waiver

February 22, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a man’s  appeal of his 21-month sentence and three years of supervised release because he waived his right to appeal in district court. Circuit Judge David Hamilton said the court didn’t see any reason to overlook the waiver.
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Walton sentenced to 9 years for role in Indy Land Bank scheme

February 9, 2016
Indianapolis Business Journal
Reggie Walton, the former director of the Indy Land Bank, was sentenced Monday to nine years in federal prison for his role in a scheme in which he received kickbacks for fraudulently directing the sale of abandoned or tax-delinquent properties.
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Federal court rejects convicted financier's sentence appeal

February 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court has rejected a former Indianapolis businessman's bid to shorten his 50-year sentence for defrauding investors of $200 million.
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Indiana AG sues 3 companies in alleged tax-sale scheme

February 3, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana is suing three out-of-state companies for allegedly orchestrating a scheme that bilked dozens of state residents out of millions of dollars after their homes were sold in tax sales.
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Former Indy developer going back to prison for a year

February 2, 2016
Greg Andrews, Indianapolis Business Journal
Former Indianapolis developer Sydney “Jack” Williams avoided legal disaster six years ago when prosecutors concluded he was an unwitting participant in a Miami fraudster’s $930 million Ponzi scheme.
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Attorney general sues ex-Gary employee over fraud scheme

January 29, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a lawsuit in Lake County against a former city of Gary employee who he says used her former position in the information technology department to defraud the city of nearly $1.4 million.
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GM accuses ignition-switch trial plaintiff of dream-house fraud

January 19, 2016
 Bloomberg News
An Oklahoma man suing General Motors Co. in the first trial over a deadly ignition switch flaw lied to the jury about his family’s eviction from its “dream house” after he committed fraud against a real estate agent, the company says.
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Ringleader in $90M fuel scam sentenced to 20 years

January 8, 2016
 Associated Press, Indianapolis Business Journal
The ringleader of a $90 million biodiesel scam operated in central Indiana was sentenced Thursday to serve 20 years in prison and to pay more than $56 million in restitution for his role in the fraud.
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Shkreli’s lawyer accused of templating sham retrophin share deal

December 18, 2015
 Bloomberg News
A handcuffed Evan Greebel walked out of the FBI’s New York headquarters a few steps ahead of ex-Retrophin Inc. CEO Martin Shkreli, but prosecutors say the men were side- by-side when it came to a multimillion dollar fraud at the company’s expense.
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2 ex-Dewey officials told to take plea or face retrial

December 8, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Prosecutors offered a choice to two former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives charged with lying to the law firm’s investors: take a plea deal or face a jury for the second time
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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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