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Monday, August 24, 2015

Ind. Courts - "Former Madison attorney held on $1M cash-only bond"

Renee Bruck of the Madison Courier reported August 22nd:

A former Madison attorney was arrested on 30 criminal charges Friday afternoon by the FBI and Texas law enforcement following a year-long investigation.

John C. Eckert, 66, faces multiple Class C felony counts of forgery and fraud on a financial institution, a Class C felony count of racketeering and a Class C felony count of theft.

Eckert is being held in a Dallas jail on a $1 million cash-only bond.

Jefferson County Chief Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Mote said Friday afternoon that an investigation into allegations of mishandling funds held in Eckert’s attorney’s trust account began more than 12 months ago by the Indiana State Police.

During the course of the investigation, the FBI took over the investigation. FBI Special Agent Derek Schoon serves as the lead investigator on the case.

Federal authorities recently presented the case to Jefferson County prosecutors for prosecution of the state charges. * * *

The Indiana Supreme Court had opened a case against Eckert in July 2013 based on allegations of misconduct, but he did not face any disciplinary action after surrendering his law license.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 24, 2015 09:17 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts