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Two defendants remain in Acapulco case
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 9:50 PM

Charges against more than 100 people have been dismissed without prejudice in the corrupt business influence/forgery case involving several Acapulco Mexican Restaurants.

The only defendants remaining in the case, which began with a raid of restaurants in Lawrenceburg, Aurora, Rising Sun, Versailles, Batesville and Lafayette and involved more than 70 law enforcement officers, are brothers Benito and Adolfo Lopez.

Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor filed the dismissal request last week, and it was granted by Dearborn Circuit Court Judge James D. Humphrey.

Without prejudice means the charges can be refilled at any time.

Humphrey recently denied a defense request for him to recuse himself from the case.

Doug Garner, defense attorney for Adolfo Lopez, notes the dismissal comes after “the prosecutor told the judge that Maria Visoso, Abel Bustos and Maria Lopez were the principals and got very high bonds set.”

Garner also notes conditions in the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center were “awful” because of the number of people housed there in addition to the number of people arrested in the late September 2012 raid.

Benito Lopez is out on bond, however, the judge denied a motion to reduce Adolfo Lopez's bond, noting he could be a flight risk.

Benito Lopez was in Mexico at the time of the raids by the Indiana State Excise Police for underpayment of sales tax among other things. He returned to the U.S. about a week later.

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