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New Fraud Charges Announced In Land Bank Probe

Last updated on Friday, December 20, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS - The U.S. Attorney’s office has announced new wire fraud charges in the Indianapolis Land Bank probe.

Federal prosecutors have charged Reginald Walton and Mark Harsley with conspiring to defraud taxpayers in a scheme that involved kickbacks in a city mowing contract.

The Feds say Walton used his position as Land Bank Administrator to award Harsley - a new defendant in the alleged scheme - a contract to mow Department of Metropolitan Development-held properties across the city. They say Walton accepted offers from Harsley to get future kickbacks on the corrupt deal. They also say Harsley submitted invoices and collected payment last summer.

This follows the indictment of Walton and four others on wire fraud and bribery charges that also allege kickbacks connected to the Land Bank.

The Land Bank buys abandoned and tax delinquent properties and makes them available to not-for-profits and developers.

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