|Civil suit filed to seize Acapulco-related assets|
|Written by Erika Schmidt Russell|
|Wednesday, February 06, 2013 10:10 PM|
A civil suit has been filed in Dearborn Circuit Court by the Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office for the forfeiture of property by the defendants in the Acapulco case. The prosecutor’s office is represented by Jud McMillin, an attorney who also is the 68th District State Representative from Brookville.
The suit lists amounts totaling more than $3.8 million and property including two houses, one in Batesville and one in Greendale both of which also have mortgages held by banks.
The list of civil defendants includes Adolfo, Benito and Maria Lopez along with several other individuals. Many defendants in the original criminal affidavit had charges dismissed, but they are listed in the civil suit.
Benito and Adolfo Lopez are still awaiting trial in the corrupt business influence case that began in late September 2012 with a raid on Acapulco Mexican restaurants in Southeast Indiana by Indiana State Excise Police for allegedly not paying the state enough sales tax, approximately $306,000.
The defendants also allegedly falsified records regarding employees with false social security numbers, according to court records. The criminal trial for the Lopez brothers is slated for June this year.
According to Dearborn County property tax assessment records the Beckett Landing house is valued at about $171,000.
The law suit states “... the defendants have acquired real or personal property purchased with money that is traceable as proceeds of a violation of a criminal statute.”
Meanwhile, defense attorney Thomas Blondell has filed a motion for a change of judge in the civil case.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 10:38 PM|