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BROOKVILE, Ind. – A Brookville man will have an extended prison stay after being sentenced this week for his role in a Tri-State Ponzi scheme.Jerry Smith, of Brookville, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Circuit Court last month to five felony counts of criminal securities fraud.Investigators say Smith, and co-conspirator Jason Snelling, ran an $8.9 million scheme selling unregistered investments while working for OneAmerica Securities.Instead of investing clients’ money as promised, the pair used the funds to pay for personal expenses, authorities said.Smith was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison and 20 years on probation. The judge ordered he pay $410,189 in restitution.Jail time will run concurrently with the 65-month federal jail sentence Smith is serving for mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion, related to the Ponzi scheme.Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s Prosecution Assistance Unit assisted in the investigation.“Smith’s actions were deplorable and I’m pleased we were able to add additional jail time to his sentence,” said Secretary Lawson. “He took advantage of people who knew and trusted him. Plus, he never registered his products as required by law. This combination is typical of what we see in so many Ponzi schemes. I encourage all investors to protect themselves by checking with my office before investing, even if you know the person.”Securities Commissioner Carol Mihalik commented, “I would like to thank Franklin County Prosecutor Mel Wilhelm for his continued work on this case.”“Our offices have been collaborating on this case for almost five years now. Thanks to the continued cooperation between state and local officials, we have been able to hold Smith accountable for his actions and maximize his sentence.”
Lawn bowlers from the Pattaya based Coco Club were pleased to be invited to the inaugural Chiang Mai Challenge at Don Bishop’s Non Kai Lawn Bowling Green following the installation of a 1 million plus baht new carpet from New Zealand.Coco Club lawn bowlers pose for a photo with their counterparts in Chiang Mai.The 11 strong members landed at Chiang Mai and could not get to the green quick enough for the initial practice session. A very sociable group welcomed the players and it was game on.The triples proved it was going to be a tough competition, with scores of 22-6, 19-6 and 11-13 to give Coco a 2-1 lead in the afternoon session. The evening singles were shared at 2-2 to give Coco a 4-3 lead but on the points system adopted by Chiang Mai the visitors had an 8-5 lead at the end of day one.Day two pairs were all square at half way until an amazing comeback by Peter and Lita, from 12-6 down to win 21-18, gave Coco an 8-7 lead on matches but on the points system an unassailable 14-7 lead. After a super meal break the second string singles all went Chiang Mai’s way to finish the match at 14-11 for Pattaya’s Coco Club.
BILL NEAL by Bill NealFor New Pittsburgh Courier :10 Hi my name is Michael Vick. This is a message to all the haters out there. I am about to sign a new contract for $20 million big ones…NUFF said!:09 Tiger Wood’s ex-caddie who Wood fired last month won the WGC Bridgestone with Adam Scott. Tiger finished tied for 37th. That’s Karma baby! :08 I know most of you don’t want to listen to what I am telling you most of the time because…well because I know more than you. (Just kidding City League people) but here are five things you can take to the Bank!! And remember I told ya so.1. Tiger won’t win again until he brings the women back. The past was no accident mmmaaannn!2. Pirates don’t start losing when the Steelers start playing…well!!3. J-Lo is so fine she scares me, and I only see her on TV help me Lord!4. Cam Newton will be a superstar this year and Terrell Pryor next year.:07 You will know the country is in financial bankruptcy when auto racing is done. I mean just going around in a circle 500 times. There can’t be a bigger waste of money. I am just saying.:06 College football is back. Now let’s see if Pitt’s going to be it! I say yes.:05 Shout out’s to: Terrence Taylor, former great player, military guy, Connie Hawkins League player and ref. and John Brewer, the keeper of the historic castle in Pittsburgh and the rest of the crew over at the Wilkinsburg Penn Avenue McDonalds. And to my new main man Chef James Hurt the food guru over at Mercy Hospital and his fiancé Claudia Yates who works at the Urban League East Hills Family Support Center. One of my young stars Bryant Mungin is project director. That means it’s being done right. He’s a “Champion graduate.” Keep reading James, I couldn’t do it without you. James is a South Hills grad. Came out with Kirk and Jennifer Bruce back in the day. (Yeah I know, more city leaguer’s…what ya gonna do, they’re everywhere?):04 Why not bring Randy Moss to Pittsburgh…why not, why not, why not???:03 Hey thank you once again, Monroeville First Friday Par-Tay people, another great night. Thanks to the Gibson’s, Ms. Renée and Ms. Roxy, all of your donations helped 50 plus kids have a great time at the Armon Gilliam Memorial “Hard Work” Basketball Camp.:02 Now…time to get ready for the greatest “White Party” in Pittsburgh coming up on Sept. 8, at the magnificent Fox Chapel Yacht Club. Here’s the deal: 6-8 p.m. Reception-Happy Hour…Relax and get a seat; 8 p.m. Old School D.J., Cash Bar/Cash Kitchen (no free food man)!!; Meet the Fabulous Diamond Models; SoulPitt gift bags to the first 100 people; 50/50-prizes and surprises. Go to the SoulPitt website for all the details.:01 Pittsburgh, when you have the opportunity, say thanks to Charles “Chuck” Powell. He’s a special man doing special things for Pittsburgh and you!“DOUBLE OVERTIME”:00 Shame on everyone of you…especially Black folk’s if you haven’t been to the Savoy Restaurant and Social Hot Spot. Chuck Saunders has done a fantastic job with the operation and we all must support it. That means everybody…even you Woodland Hills grads.Game Over