9/28/2018 - Sentencing Hearing * UPDATE * The sentencing hearing for defendant, Thomas Buck, set for January 18, 2019, at 1:30 PM at United States Courthouse, Room 344, 46 E. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN before Judge James Sweeney II has been moved to courtroom 246. You are welcome to attend this proceeding; however, unless you have received a subpoena, your attendance is not required by the Court. If you plan on attending, you may want to verify the date and time by using the VNS Call Center or website. If you are a victim of the charged offenses and wish to speak at sentencing, please call our office well in advance of the scheduled hearing date.
9/12/2018 – Sentencing Hearing * UPDATE *
The sentencing previously scheduled for defendant Thomas Buck on November 2, 2018 at 9am has been rescheduled by the court. The sentencing hearing will now be held on January 18, 2019 at 1:30pm in room 344 of the United States Courthouse located at 46 E. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN before Judge Tanya Pratt. You are welcome to attend this proceeding; however, unless you have received a subpoena, your attendance is not required by the Court.
1/18/2018 – Guilty Plea
The defendant is scheduled for a guilty plea on January 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 344, United States Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN before Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
10/31/2017 - Motion Granted to Unseal Case
The U.S. District Court grants the government's motion to unseal the case. The United States Attorney’s Office formally requests victims in the case to consider complete and complete a Victim Impact Statement to our office no later than December 4, 2017. Please refer to the provided "Suggestions for Completing Your Victim Impact Statement" in preparing your Victim Impact Statement Form. Please also review the Fraud Scheme Crime Victims Memorandum dated 10/31/2017.
9/7/2017 – Defendant files a petition with the court to enter a guilty plea.
9/6/2017 – United States files Information with the court.
Federal crime victims* have the following rights, as set forth in the Justice for All Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. §3771:
(1) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused.
(2) The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused.
(3) The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding.
(4) The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding.
(5) The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case.
(6) The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law.
(7) The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay.
(8) The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy.
(9) The right to be informed in a timely manner of any plea bargain or deferred prosecution agreement.
(10) The right to be informed of the rights under this section and the services described in section 503(c) of the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 10607(c)) and provided contact information for the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman of the Department of Justice.
*Under the statute, "the term ‘crime victim' means a person directly and proximately harmed as a result of the commission of a Federal offense or an offense in the District of Columbia. In the case of a crime victim who is under 18 years of age, incompetent, incapacitated, or deceased, the legal guardians of the crime victim or the representatives of the crime victim's estate, family members, or any other persons appointed as suitable by the court, may assume the crime victim's rights under this chapter, but in no event shall the defendant be named as such guardian or representative.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana is committed to protecting the rights of crime victims. If you are a victim of an offense being prosecuted by our Office, our Victim/Witness Unit can make sure that you are notified of important stages of the case to help you exercise your rights. In addition, our Victim/Witness Unit can help refer you to agencies that provide other services to witnesses, such as compensation and counseling. For information or assistance with referrals, please contact:
United States Attorney's Office
10 West Market Street, Suite 2100
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204