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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Monroe County Attorney Phillip Chamberlain Convicted of Counterfeiting"

You can read the facts in this news release from the Secretary of State. Some quotes:

INDIANAPOLIS (February 27, 2013) – An investigation by Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s Prosecution Assistance Unit and the filing of criminal charges by Monroe County Prosecutor Chris Gaal has led to the conviction of Monroe County attorney Phillip Chamberlain. Today, Chamberlain was convicted of Counterfeiting, a class D felony by Monroe County Judge Teresa Harper. Judge Harper entered the Judgment of Conviction as a class A misdemeanor and ordered Chamberlain to pay the man he victimized $15,000. * * *

Chamberlain abused his position of trust as the victim’s attorney to advance his criminal scheme. He preyed upon that trust to convince Shannon Ramey to loan money to Dwight Hart, whom Ramey had never met, to purchase JROCK Golf Course. Ramey gave Chamberlain a check for $36,750 as an investment in JROCK Golf Course.

Instead of giving the money to Hart for the golf course, Chamberlain took the check and split it into two cashier’s checks. Chamberlain took one of the checks for $10,000 and endorsed the back of the check in the name of JROCK Golf Course even though he didn’t have the authority. Chamberlain deposited the money in his own bank account. Hart never authorized Chamberlain to raise money for the JROCK Golf Course and didn’t provide him with any powers over the company.

Chamberlain’s victims, Hart and Ramey, both testified at the sentencing hearing. Hart, now 72 years old, testified he was financially ruined by Chamberlain and was forced to file for bankruptcy as a result of Chamberlain’s criminal actions. Hart stated, “Financially, he has ruined my life.”

In addition to ordering Chamberlain to make payments to the victim totaling $15,000, Judge Harper ordered Chamberlain to serve a suspended sentence of 504 days on probation and to complete 120 hours of community service.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 27, 2013 06:08 PM
Posted to Ind. Trial Ct. Decisions