Indianapolis businessman convicted of corrupt business influence in real estate scam
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 7, 2016) – A jury found an Indianapolis businessman guilty on more than 20 charges after his trial.
David Garden was convicted on multiple counts, including corrupt business influence, forgery and theft. Prosecutors said he preyed on homeowners who were near foreclosure and rented out their homes without their knowledge or consent.
Garden had them sign over their property titles and move out, promising to arrange a “short sale” with a bank. Instead, he kept the money from renting out their properties.
He presented himself as a “man of God” who just wanted to help, victims said. The Attorney General’s Office received numerous complaints about Garden and his practices.
The Indiana Real Estate Commission revoked Garden’s license in April 2014. He was arrested the following month.
Sentencing is set for May 25.