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Securities Division > News Archive  > 2004 Press Releases > For Immediate Release: December 7, 2004 Rokita Releases Securities Prosecution Manual

Contact: Kate Shepherd

Rokita Releases Securities Prosecution Manual

Indianapolis, IN -- Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita today unveiled the new "Indiana Securities Prosecution Manual" at the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council Conference in Indianapolis. This manual is a first for the State of Indiana. It is a compilation of securities statutes, suggested jury instructions for securities cases, model charging documents and contact information for Rokita's Securities Division. It is designed to aid prosecutors in pursuing certain types of white-collar criminals.

The manual was written with the help of prosecutors around the state. "I want to thank all of the officials who advised us on what information they would like to see in the manual," Rokita said. "The end product should make it easier for busy prosecutors to deal with often-complicated securities cases. It clearly outlines common schemes and how they could be dealt with under the law."

Secretary Rokita and Securities Commissioner James Joven traveled around the state and personally met with prosecutors and their staff members to get feedback on what prosecutors would like to see. Clay County Prosecutor Dave Thomas was instrumental in setting up these 10 roundtable meetings.

The manual, which took several months to write, will be given to each elected prosecutor in the state. It will also be distributed to the more than 370 attendees at the IPAC conference.

"The prosecutors are appreciative of the manual to assist in securities prosecutions," said IPAC Executive Director Stephen Johnson. "Those that have had time to study it think it's a good manual."

"This manual is a significant tool for prosecutors around the state," Joven said. "We hope that it will also serve as a model for other state securities regulators in the nation as they move forward to prosecute white-collar crime."

Rokita's administration has actively worked to form partnerships with local prosecutors. Rokita recently formed the Prosecution Assistance Unit in his Securities Division, which investigates securities cases and assists prosecutors in filing charges. "I am proud of the partnerships we have created with prosecutors around the state," Rokita said. "When we work together, the people of Indiana benefit."