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Contact: AJ Freeney-Ruiz
Indianapolis, IN - - Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita today praises the arrests James A. Martin III, 38, and Anthony Pittman, 24, both of Greenwood and the filing of criminal charges against them by Johnson County Prosecutor Lance Hammer and Deputy Prosecutor for White Collar Crime Kathleen Hash. Investigators from Rokita's office assisted Detective Aaron Hagist of the Greenwood Police Department in the arrest, which has led to charges against both men.
Pittman faces a total of nine counts including six counts of theft punishable under the Indiana Loan Broker Act and possibility of serving twenty-seven years in prison if convicted on all counts. Martin currently faces two counts and a total of six years, however an ongoing investigation in Shelby County may lead to additional charges and if convicted he is eligible for an additional thirty years for being a habitual offender due to past convictions.
Martin and Pittman were arrested at approximately 6:30 Friday morning at the InTown Suites in Greenwood, IN where investigators from Rokita's Securities Division had tracked them. Martin and Pittman had warrants out for their arrest as a result of various schemes which resulted in more than $400,000 being taken from victims in New York, California, Florida, and Indiana. That money was taken through check schemes, illegal loan broker operations, illegal actions as a collection agency, and investment schemes over the last eighteen months.
"This case is a prime example of why we have our Prosecution Assistance Unit [PAU]," Rokita said. "These men represent an element of crime that is often difficult to investigate and prosecute. This successful cooperation on the part of all offices involved sends the message that Indiana will not stand by and let its citizens be victimized and that we will use every resource at our disposal to apprehend these offenders."
Rokita's office was brought in on the case after the state police, who originally received the complaints, realized the crimes were securities violations. The PAU will now work with Hash, who under Indiana law has authority to file criminal charges.
"Secretary Rokita's office was vital in bringing these individuals to justice," Greenwood Police Chief Joseph Pitcher said. "This was our first time working with the office and it was extremely helpful. The PAU was highly professional and extremely competent, and without their level of expertise the case would have been far more difficult to prosecute."
"I want to congratulate Prosecutor Hammer and his office as well as Deputy Prosecutor Hash for their hard work on this case. I am also proud of the work done by Securities Commissioner Wayne Davis, former Securities Commissioner James Joven, Kim Haskins and Charles Williams from our Prosecution Assistance Unit, and Greenwood Police Chief Joseph Pitcher," Rokita said. "I also want to specifically thank Detective Hagist who made the arrest."
The Prosecution Assistance Unit was created by Rokita and former Securities Commissioner James Joven in 2004 to further existing investigations and facilitate local law enforcement's prosecution of alleged Securities Act violations. The focus of the office is to assist state court prosecutors in an effort to work together at the courthouse and statehouse to root out this white collar crime.