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SOS > Media Center >  Press Releases > For Immediate Release: July 24, 2009 NEW CASTLE LOAN BROKER CHARGED WITH FRAUD

Contact: Jim Gavin
317-233-8655
Media@sos.in.gov

Christopher Meeks bilked victims out of more than $14,000

(NEW CASTLE, IN) –Police arrested Christopher Meeks today on felony violations of Indiana’s Loan Broker Act. The arrest comes after a joint investigation conducted by Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita’s Prosecution Assistance Unit (PAU) and Henry County Prosecutor Kit Crane. The Henry County Prosecutor’s Office filed the criminal charges. PAU Senior Attorney Stephanie Caraway will serve as special prosecutor in the case. Meeks faces three felony counts and could face up to three years in prison for each charge.

“For many Hoosiers, buying a home is the biggest investment they will ever make,” said Secretary Rokita. “I cannot stress enough the importance of working with a licensed and registered loan broker.”

The charges filed indicate that during late 2006 and early 2007, Meeks submitted a mortgage application on behalf of a couple seeking to purchase a house. Meeks included false employment and bank account information on the application and ultimately bilked the couple out of more than $14,000. He was not registered as a loan broker in the state of Indiana.

Specific charges against Meeks include Loan Broker Fraud and doing business as an unregistered loan broker– all Class D felonies. The charges described are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

For more information on how to avoid becoming a victim of investment fraud, click here.

About the Prosecution Assistance Unit

In 2004, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita created the Prosecution Assistance Unit within the Securities Division of the Secretary of State’s Office. Its sole purpose is to assist police and prosecutors in investigating and prosecuting criminal violations of the Indiana Securities Act and the Indiana Loan Brokers Act. The investigators and attorneys in the unit collectively have over 72 years of experience in investigating and prosecuting criminals. Since its inception, the Unit has helped to convict 42 criminals in state and federal courts across Indiana. In addition, courts have handed down over 300 years in sentences, and have ordered over $29 million in restitution for crime victims. The Unit operates under the direction and supervision of the Securities Commissioner and the Senior Investigator.

Media Contact: Jim Gavin: 317.233-8655 or media@sos.in.gov.

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