The owner of an Indianapolis towing company has been indicted for running what prosecutors describe as a “title-washing scheme,” in which he targeted financially distressed car owners, took possession of their vehicles, charged huge towing and storage fees and then resold them.
A suspended Fort Wayne attorney will serve six months in jail and has been ordered to pay nearly $240,000 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement and tax fraud charges stemming from personal and client bankruptcy proceedings.
Immigration prosecutions increased 37 percent last year while overall filings in federal district courts rose 7 percent, according to the United States Courts’ 2018 Annual Report and Court Statistics. The report released Tuesday also found that filings in federal courts of appeal declined 2 percent in 2018.
A lawsuit quietly wending its way through a Marion County court zings former HHGregg CEO Bob Riesbeck and three other insiders of the failed chain, alleging they allowed it to continue accepting customers’ deposits on merchandise long after its tailspin cast doubt on whether it had the financial wherewithal or inventory to fulfill the orders.
A divided panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed an Indiana business owner to seek to discharge back pay debt in bankruptcy proceedings, rejecting the National Labor Relations Board’s argument that the debt was not dischargeable because the employees to whom the back pay was owed were “maliciously” fired.
Scotty’s Brewhouse founder Scott M. Wise, along with Indianapolis-based Scotty’s Holdings LLC and two Arizona-based parties, are facing a lawsuit from a former business partner of Wise’s who claims he was defrauded out of his $300,000 investment in the restaurant chain.
New bankruptcy cases filed for the year ending September 2018 have seen more than a 2 percent decrease from the year prior, the lowest for any 12-month period since June 2007. Bankruptcy filings fell by 2.2 percent for the year end Sept. 30, 2018 compared to the year ending Sept. 30, 2017.