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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Once high-powered attorney William Conour talks about his career, lavish lifestyle and time behind bars"

Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star had a 90-minute interview with William Conour Tuesday in the Marion County Jail. From the long story:

Prisoners at the Marion County Jail have taken to calling him “Old School.”

What most don’t know is that the gray-bearded inmate once was one of Indiana’s best and most respected construction injury attorneys, a lawyer who collaborated with Supreme Court justices, won huge settlements for accident victims and gave generously to local charities. * * *

In an exclusive jailhouse interview Tuesday, Conour said he thinks he can make good on his debts, particularly if he can get out of jail to pursue an estimated $2 million he says he is owed for work on cases settled after he was charged in 2012. * * *

“I think if we are aggressive about it, I can make them whole, or certainly close to it,” Conour said of repaying clients. “I think it is possible, but time is not on our side.”

Really. More from the story:
Conour has been jailed since June 27. That was the day Young revoked his bond after finding that Conour violated terms of his release by disposing of more than $80,000 in assets without the required court approval.

His assets, including an extensive art collection valued last year at $500,000 in divorce records, were to be preserved to help make restitution to victims.

Instead, Conour sold some of his artworks and spent the money — part of it going to continue a lifestyle that burned through more than $7,000 in monthly living expenses, including $3,500 in monthly vehicle payments.

As part of his guilty plea this week, Conour agreed to turn over to the government the remaining artworks and antiques in his home. He estimated those items could bring in $150,000 for the victims’ fund if properly marketed, but he fears the government may sell them for pennies on the dollar.

Conour’s mansion, as well as another home in Carmel, are in foreclosure and will provide nothing for victims. A horse farm near Sheridan was sold at a sheriff’s sale in January.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 18, 2013 09:57 AM
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