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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Ind. Courts - Indiana attorneys plead guilty ...

"Elkhart attorney pleads guilty to theft" is the heading to this story by Sharon Hernandez in the Jan. 4th Elkhart Truth. Some quotes:

ELKHART — A local attorney pleaded guilty to theft, admitting he stole from a former client’s fund.

Juan Garcia, Jr. pleaded to the charge, a Class D felony, on Dec. 27. He faces a sentence of up to three years in prison as part of the agreement, according to a press release from the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office.

The state agreed to dismiss two charges of bribery in exchange for his plea to felony theft. He admitted he stole funds from a client between 2007 and 2012, depleting a personal injury settlement account that was set up for the benefit of a child. * * *

Garcia is scheduled to appear for his sentencing hearing Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. A copy of the court order reflecting his conviction was forwarded to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.

[BTW, Mr. Garcia's photo bears an amazing resemblance to another Indiana attorney recently in the news.]

"One-time Carl Brizzi business partner to plead guilty in scheme to defraud bank, state" is the heading to this Jan. 4th Indianapolis Star story by Tim Evans and Carrie Ritchie that begins:

Indianapolis attorney and real estate developer Paul J. Page will cooperate in an undisclosed federal investigation after pleading guilty Friday to wire fraud in what prosecutors called a scheme to defraud a bank and the state.

Page, 48, entered the guilty plea after reaching an agreement with federal prosecutors in the case involving the purchase of an Elkhart office building that was leased to the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Page, a one-time business partner of former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, was one of three Central Indiana men indicted on more than a dozen federal charges — including conspiracy to defraud, bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. The case was filed in 2011 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in South Bend.

The two other defendants, John M. Bales II of Indianapolis and William E. Spencer of Carmel, have entered not guilty pleas and face a Jan. 28 trial.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 6, 2013 06:39 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts