Corporation indicted by grand jury
A Marion County grand jury has returned an
eight-count indictment charging the Omnisource Corporation with
corrupt business influence and receiving stolen property. The
charges stem from raids at six scrap yards in Indianapolis in
Earlier this month, the company sued Marion County Prosecutor
Carl Brizzi, seeking the return of $277,000 seized in those raids.
The scrap metal recycler, a unit of Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics,
is accused of knowingly buying stolen scrap metal between June
2007 and May 2009 – a time when prices were rising.
Omnisource lawyer Larry Mackey said it didn’t happen and attributes
the investigation to an effort by Brizzi, to improve his chosen
successor’s campaign standing. Brizzi is not seeking re-election.
Omnisource employed more than 50 off-duty Indianapolis Metropolitan
Police Department officers as security guards.
The officers are not accused of criminal wrongdoing, but one
high-ranking officer was demoted and the case has prompted the
department to change its policy on moonlighting by officers.