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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Ind. Courts - More on "LaPorte prosecutor under investigation"

Updating this ILB entry from April 4, 2012, this story yesterday in the NWI Times, also by Stan Maddux, begins:

LAPORTE | A recommendation to discipline the LaPorte County prosecutor on allegations of forgery has been made to the Indiana Supreme Court.

Robert Szilagyi is accused of forging the signatures of his ex-wife and a notary during a property transfer stemming from his divorce.

In early April, Szilagyi publicly revealed that allegations of misconduct against him were under review by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.

Supreme Court officials at that time would not confirm a complaint had been filed, saying they were prohibited from verifying complaints against any party until a review of the allegations was completed.

On April 12, Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission executive secretary G. Michael Witte recommended in writing that disciplinary action be taken against Szilagyi.

The Supreme Court released the complaint against Szilagyi, which contains allegations stemming from a property division in a divorce between Szilagyi and his ex-wife, Susan. The divorce was finalized in 2009.

The complaint alleges she received a quit claim deed to transfer the property solely to Szilagyi but signed it under her restored last name, Weinkauff, instead of her married name as reflected on the title.

She also failed to notarize the deed when she returned the document to Szilagyi's office.

The complaint alleges Szilagyi on the day of the closing discovered the mistakes and had his secretary, Donna Dadlow, draft a new deed.

Without contacting his ex-wife or his secretary, it's alleged that Szilagyi signed the name "Susan Szilagyi" on the new deed and used his secretary's notary stamp on the deed.

It's also alleged that Szilagyi then signed his secretary's name as notary on the deed without her permission or authority.

The complaint alleges Szilagyi submitted the new deed to the title company at closing.

Several months later, Dadlow received a notice of investigation from the Indiana secretary of state's office questioning the authenticity of the notarization and her status as notary.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 9, 2012 02:13 PM
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