Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Feds Indict Bateman

Indicted Councillor Paul Bateman
Outgoing City-County Councillor Paul Bateman and two others have been indicted by a federal grand jury on eight counts of wire fraud and 10 counts of money laundering, according to the Indianapolis Star.

If convicted, the Star reports that it's conceivable that Bateman could spend the rest of his life behind bars with a total of 260 years in prison if the maximum sentence were given to him.  Also indicted by the feds were Manuel Gonzalez and Michael Russell.

Bateman, a Democrat, is the latest example of a City-County Councillor in trouble with the law.  Lincoln Plowman, a Republican, was convicted earlier this year in a bribery and attempted extortion case and is serving 40 months in prison.

Why do City-County Councillors seem to do this?  Well, I don't think there's an easy answer.  Why do seemingly good people go bad?  It makes no sense to me.  Granted, this is just an indictment, and Bateman will now have his day in court, but the things he's accused of doing are just despicable.

What does make sense is the aggressiveness with which Joe Hogsett is doing his job as U.S. Attorney.  It seems like every few days, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Indianapolis is in the news for something.  Certainly, Barack Obama has to be proud of his appointee.

5 comments:

marksmall2001 said...

These prosecutions of members of the City-County Council are a refreshing lesson in civics. When it comes to graft, the two major political parties have members who share the same beliefs.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Joe Hogsett and Terry Curry for taking on public corruption and graft in Indiana.

Plenty more to chase down and prosecute.

Hope they aim higher and bigger.

Anonymous said...

Bateman: “I Didn’t Do Anything Wrong”

http://www.indianabarrister.com/archives/2011/12/bateman_i_didnt_do_anything_wrong.html#disqus_thread

Paul K. Ogden said...

Anon 7:42 a.m, when Terry Curry stops filing civil forfeiture on everything imaginable and stops foregoing felony criminal prosecutions when the target hands law enforcement a $300K payoff (see Omnisource)I'll give him kudos. His office has been far worse that Brizzi's when it comes to abuse of civil forfeiture.

Anonymous said...

We all should be proud of Hogsett. He is willing to battle corruption even in those of his own party. This is overdue in Indiana.