Many Indianapolis residents who have followed the political news in the last several months have probably heard the phrase "perjury trap." In common parlance, many people may believe it means that a prosecutor is trying to get a high-profile target in criminal trouble by asking difficult or embarrassing questions under oath.
Any Indianapolis resident who follows political and legal developments probably recognizes that perjury is a common accusation that gets thrown around in high profile controversies.
The old saying, greasing the skids, commonly refers to a person, who usually who wants something done for his or her business even on a personal level, developing relationships with public officials and regulators.
As many Indianapolis residents have probably heard, Indiana and the rest of the country are facing a so-called opioid epidemic. Indeed, while not a disease in the strict sense of the word, many people are getting seriously hurt or even killed because of painkiller and other prescription drug abuse.
The superintendent of an Indiana school system north and east of the greater Indianapolis area was recently arrested on insurance fraud and other criminal charges, including official misconduct. Some of these charges are felonies under Indiana law.
Many Indianapolis residents may have heard about people, including high-profile people, getting accused of money laundering either at the state or federal level.
Whether it is filed in state or federal court, an Indianapolis resident who is facing a fraud charge is facing a very serious affair. Depending on the circumstances, a conviction for any type of fraud can land a person in prison for years. It also can mean additional years on probation, the terms of which can include having to pay back every penny of restitution on the pain of going back to jail.
Some residents of the Indianapolis area who pay attention to the news may from time to time hear stories about how a high-powered business executive or even a wealthy individual who happens to invest gets netted in allegations of insider trading. Unfortunately, a person does not need to be a high-roller on Wall Street to be at the center of insider trading allegations. Contrary to what might be a popular image, insider trading does not need to involve "cooking books," shredding documents and the like. It can happen in the course of behavior that, on the surface, is as innocent as a phone call to a friend.
Many people in Indiana may have heard of "Ponzi schemes" and other types of embezzlement, but they may not have a clear idea of what exactly constitutes embezzlement. When a person has legal responsibility over business assets, bank assets, trust assets or other assets belonging to someone else, but then uses those assets illicitly for their own personal gain, this constitutes embezzlement.
In a city that is about an hour from the Indianapolis area, two more people have been arrested in ongoing federal probe of what are allegedly shady business deals involving many in the local government.