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New York City - Woman Arrested In Alleged Scam A Boss From Hell

Published on: November 1, 2008 09:48 PM
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David Reis, hubby of alleged swindle ringleader Dina Wein-Reis.David Reis, hubby of alleged swindle ringleader Dina Wein-Reis.

New York City - The Upper West Side woman who allegedly bilked Fortune 500 companies out of millions to finance a life of opulence [reported by VIN News] was a hellacious boss who repeatedly lost employees and used elaborate security measures to spy on her staff, a former worker said yesterday.

“She had some very high-tech security,” said an employee who spent a great deal of time in Dina Wein-Reis’ mansion on West 75th Street. “She’d be in Israel and could watch via camera what was going on in the house.”

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The employee, who worked for Wein-Reis for two years, said her boss was brutal to her staff of personal chefs, hairdressers and makeup artists and many left after just a few months.

“She treated people like crap, so she ended up going through staff very quickly,” the employee said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “She was very nasty to people and slow to pay.”

The 44-year-old is charged with scamming companies out of discounted goods purportedly to be used for charity but which she sold for profit.

“She was a good businesswoman, but she really just used her good looks to swindle people,” the employee said. “She was very shrewd.”

Federal prosecutors have asked that Wein-Reis’ mansion be seized, along with 60 valuable works of art - including paintings by Warhol and Modigliani - and that 177 bank accounts be frozen.

She is being held without bail, pending extradition to Indiana, where the case was filed.

“We are going to try our best to expedite the extradition hearing and get her over to Indiana, where we can renew our application for bail,” said her lawyer, Benjamin Brafman.

Her husband, David Reis, who neighbors said was a rabbi, came from a much more modest background in Colombia, where he was born David Ruiz. He has not been charged in the scam.

“He is a good son. I don’t know what happened. I don’t believe it,” said his father, Hector Ruiz, 75, who lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Ruiz said he did not know why his son changed his name or how he made a living.

Reis’ aunt, however, said that her nephew worked in a “commercial-type business,” and that he was not born Jewish.

When approached for comment, Reis told The Post, “You have no right to bother my family.”


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 Nov 01, 2008 at 10:02 PM Anonymous Says:

David Reis is a Ger Tzeddek. And, yes, I do know that for a fact!

It is truly mind-boggeling that there are "frum" people who derive pleasure from the downfall of others.

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 Nov 01, 2008 at 10:14 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

Another worker running to the press for attention. Today any basic business has surveillance that can be viewed remotely. Not so very sophisticated. So her boss made sure she was working even though she went away, and that makes her so difficult? It must be a slow news day for the post to write such stupid news piece.

People are arrested for crimes every day, and they don't get so much press attention.

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 Nov 01, 2008 at 10:30 PM Anonymous Says:

My thoughts and prayers are with the family everyone should keep in mind there are innocent children here who are going to have to live through this devistating time.

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 Nov 01, 2008 at 10:55 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

David Reis is a Ger Tzeddek. And, yes, I do know that for a fact!

It is truly mind-boggeling that there are "frum" people who derive pleasure from the downfall of others.

I don't know [m]any details of this case. But I learned one thing in my short, young (less than 100y.) life! As long as a person is [seemingly] successful, people will kowtow to them! The minute their [financial/social] position looks shaky, all their friends and acquaintances who only yesterday [or the day before] benefited from their gracious benevolence and licked up to them, diappear into the woodwork...!!!

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 Nov 01, 2008 at 11:00 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #2  
AuthenticSatmar Says:

Another worker running to the press for attention. Today any basic business has surveillance that can be viewed remotely. Not so very sophisticated. So her boss made sure she was working even though she went away, and that makes her so difficult? It must be a slow news day for the post to write such stupid news piece.

People are arrested for crimes every day, and they don't get so much press attention.

The essence of the NY Post's existence is Sensations and sensationalism! It doesn't have to be a slow news day for them to blow some story out of proportion. They'll take any story where they smell a [potential] scandal and sensationalize it!!!

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 12:20 AM Heshy Says:

Frfom what I read, they approached the companies about buying products such as detergent ostensibly for promotions, i.i giving it away to new mothers or selling it to college students; and then it was diverted to regular commerce.

So why bother with a trial? lets just execute these evil "gray market" diversionaries!

Frankly, I don't even see a crime here. Buying toothpaste from a company in Brazil & shipping to the US instead, has been done all the time. Same with buyng batteries or light bulbs for fixtures and then seperating the bulbs or batteries from the fixtures. Have the Feds run out of Russians to follow? Is vthere not enough fraud in the wall street & bank collapses to investigate? What is this world coming to? Are the companies selling products so stupid that they have to police where their product ends up? Let them have the same prices for everyone & their problems will disappear.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 12:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Heshy Says:

Frfom what I read, they approached the companies about buying products such as detergent ostensibly for promotions, i.i giving it away to new mothers or selling it to college students; and then it was diverted to regular commerce.

So why bother with a trial? lets just execute these evil "gray market" diversionaries!

Frankly, I don't even see a crime here. Buying toothpaste from a company in Brazil & shipping to the US instead, has been done all the time. Same with buyng batteries or light bulbs for fixtures and then seperating the bulbs or batteries from the fixtures. Have the Feds run out of Russians to follow? Is vthere not enough fraud in the wall street & bank collapses to investigate? What is this world coming to? Are the companies selling products so stupid that they have to police where their product ends up? Let them have the same prices for everyone & their problems will disappear.

Finally another person who understands that the Post and the government is making this into a big crime when what it's really about is manufacturers playing the ussual games with all types of players and then deciding oops we didn't know what we were doing, we were trick, when their regular customers ask why cheaper goods are around. They are the hookers that cry rape and Roche is obviously big enough in Indiana to get alittle attention from the powers that be so these yids get caught in the crossfire with all their fellow Jews rushing to judge them and throw away the key! How disgusting ignorant people are.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 12:54 AM Anonymous Says:

antone know whether she was also in the business of making/selling miniature perfume bottles? her profile sounds ffamiliar with someone zI once knew on UPS

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 06:11 AM Big Masmid Says:

I keep on telling my VIN friends, get a life, study Torah and stay away from dishonesty, become a MASMID it will help you stay out of trouble.

OH Yes ! lets think positive.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 07:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Finally another person who understands that the Post and the government is making this into a big crime when what it's really about is manufacturers playing the ussual games with all types of players and then deciding oops we didn't know what we were doing, we were trick, when their regular customers ask why cheaper goods are around. They are the hookers that cry rape and Roche is obviously big enough in Indiana to get alittle attention from the powers that be so these yids get caught in the crossfire with all their fellow Jews rushing to judge them and throw away the key! How disgusting ignorant people are.

This is NOT grey market diversion, which is legal. They were able to get a very low discounted rate for these goods because they alleged they would be donated or used for charitable purposes. They then sold the goods at a huge profit. That is FRAUD and it is a crime.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 07:23 AM abigezunt Says:

Whether something should be legal or not, if it isn't legal, breaking the law is risky. I know someone who went to jail for owning firearms in a place where they were illegal. He didn't hurt anyone; he only collected them. It didn't matter that it was a victimless crime; he sat in jail nonetheless. The fact that this woman was a difficult boss, who rapidly lost employees is only to show that she was not this nice person who simply made an ignorant mistake. While we have to defend or fellow Jews and think the best of them, we Jews need to wake up and smell the coffee. Goyim and the laws of the land have to be treated with respect and not trampled on. Arrogance never got anyone anywhere.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 07:56 AM Avraham Abba Says:

I haven't yet heard a word from the accused. I would like to hear her side of the story. The employee who told on her, should have been fired after only a few months also, and should not have been trusted for two years; we now see why.
Surely being very strict with her workers, does not constitute guilt in other areas.
Bikitzur, she deserves to be heard, not just The N.Y. Post.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 07:58 AM Anonymous Says:

GENAIVAH IS NEVER JUSTIFIED- IT IS VERY GRAY!

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 08:30 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

GENAIVAH IS NEVER JUSTIFIED- IT IS VERY GRAY!

I have watched your posts both here and on the other article. Do you know that there is a little button called a cap lock and you can actually use small and large letters too? Or is it that you feel so self important and holyier than all others that you need those caps?

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 10:26 AM Anonymous Says:

If he is found to be involved in this scheme I wonder if his conversion will be called into question and all of the conversions of the rabbi resonsible for doing his like Druckman in Israel. (note that the reason given for the revocation of the conversions is that oine of the converts was found not to be keeping Shabbat). Last I checked stealing is just as much a transgression as not keeping shabbat.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 11:51 AM Anonymous Says:

In reply to anonymous 10:26 AM who brings up the issue of chillul Shabbos and other transgressions possibly invalidationg conversions- don't worry about this lovely family- KESSEF METAHER MAMZEIRIM. nuf said.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 01:44 PM Simple Living Says:



By DOUGLAS MONTERO and REBECCA ROSENBERG
THAT'S RICH! Fraud suspect Dina Wein-Reis (top left) lavishly remodeled her mansion roof. Co-defendant Suzanne Carrico "lost everything."
THAT'S RICH! Fraud suspect Dina Wein-Reis (top left) lavishly remodeled her mansion roof. Co-defendant Suzanne Carrico "lost everything."

Posted: 3:21 am
November 2, 2008

Here's just a taste of what an alleged multimillion-dollar scam can get you.

Dina Wein-Reis spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to build this regal rooftop retreat atop her Upper West Side mansion, all while allegedly fleecing several Fortune 500 companies in an elaborate scam.

Complete with a Jacuzzi and a cabana and layered with Italian tile, this is where Wein-Reis could relax in her off hours when she wasn't running the alleged swindle.

Meanwhile, one of Wein-Reis' co-defendants said yesterday that the case has left her devastated.

"I have lost my job. I have lost everything. I have nothing," said cabaret singer Suzanne Carrico as she broke down in tears on a street in Queens.

"No one asked my side," the songbird continued as she made her way to a subway station, luggage in tow. "I can't talk. My lawyer said I can't."

Her lawyer, Gary Becker, did not return a call for comment.

Carrico, 34, is one of five of Wein-Reis' employees charged in a federal indictment alleging that they duped top-tier companies to sell discounted products - purportedly to be used for charitable causes - which the scammers then sold for a profit.

According to the indictment, filed in Indiana, Carrico allegedly sized up target companies via phone conversations and helped train other employees how to best select victims.

Wein-Reis, 44, allegedly used the profits to finance an opulent lifestyle - living in the art-filled mansion on West 75th Street.

She has been held without bail pending extradition to Indiana.

douglas.montero@nypost.com

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 01:41 PM Heshy Says:

"This is NOT grey market diversion, which is legal. They were able to get a very low discounted rate for these goods because they alleged they would be donated or used for charitable purposes. They then sold the goods at a huge profit. That is FRAUD and it is a crime."

I don't believe that the manufacturers were told that it was a donation; I didn't see any allegations that phony charity receipts were tendered. I believe that Indiana is the only place that might consider it a crime to misrepresent what you were doing with the company's merchandise. And to attack a Ger Tzedek for this "Geneivah" is beyond the pale.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 02:27 PM Anonymous Says:

It's funny how this whole topic is "gray" to some people. It's pretty straightforward to anyone who can read. They misrepresented to the sellers what the merchandise would be used for, and then sold them higher at a profit. Straight out fraud, black and white. When will people stop justifying what (supposedly) frum, rich people do? If they're wrong, say so and stop excusing them.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 03:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
Anonymous Says:

It's funny how this whole topic is "gray" to some people. It's pretty straightforward to anyone who can read. They misrepresented to the sellers what the merchandise would be used for, and then sold them higher at a profit. Straight out fraud, black and white. When will people stop justifying what (supposedly) frum, rich people do? If they're wrong, say so and stop excusing them.

Unfortunately, we live in a society, albeit a frum one, where money blinds. That's the only explanation.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 04:48 PM Anonymous Says:

We have known the Reis family for 20 years.
They are the nicest and kindest people.
David is a masmid and both he and Dina have devoted their time and money to mosdos worldwide. Their commitment to k'lal yisroel and to emunas ha-shem is an example of how we should act bein adom l'chaveiro.
The facts will be tried and we should always be careful to be "dan l'kaf zechus"
I am certain that our tefillos will help them endure what the soton is attempting to accomplish.
Please try to stop posting negative and hurtful comments and post supportively as it will most appreciated in this distressing time.
Duvy and Cheryl gross

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 10:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

We have known the Reis family for 20 years.
They are the nicest and kindest people.
David is a masmid and both he and Dina have devoted their time and money to mosdos worldwide. Their commitment to k'lal yisroel and to emunas ha-shem is an example of how we should act bein adom l'chaveiro.
The facts will be tried and we should always be careful to be "dan l'kaf zechus"
I am certain that our tefillos will help them endure what the soton is attempting to accomplish.
Please try to stop posting negative and hurtful comments and post supportively as it will most appreciated in this distressing time.
Duvy and Cheryl gross

Very good to have some decent people writing in. Let's hope that sanity will prevail and this will all be dropped. The manufacturers are all in on this and to think otherwise is to be niave. Unfortunately they were too big, had a former employee with a grudge, and not great mazel at this moment in time. It's painful to read the mean posts from other Jews. If and when this is resolved in their favor it will not appear in the post or any other paper and all these people will never hear a word or feel bad for their ill thoughts and words.

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 Nov 02, 2008 at 10:13 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #18  
Simple Living Says:



By DOUGLAS MONTERO and REBECCA ROSENBERG
THAT'S RICH! Fraud suspect Dina Wein-Reis (top left) lavishly remodeled her mansion roof. Co-defendant Suzanne Carrico "lost everything."
THAT'S RICH! Fraud suspect Dina Wein-Reis (top left) lavishly remodeled her mansion roof. Co-defendant Suzanne Carrico "lost everything."

Posted: 3:21 am
November 2, 2008

Here's just a taste of what an alleged multimillion-dollar scam can get you.

Dina Wein-Reis spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to build this regal rooftop retreat atop her Upper West Side mansion, all while allegedly fleecing several Fortune 500 companies in an elaborate scam.

Complete with a Jacuzzi and a cabana and layered with Italian tile, this is where Wein-Reis could relax in her off hours when she wasn't running the alleged swindle.

Meanwhile, one of Wein-Reis' co-defendants said yesterday that the case has left her devastated.

"I have lost my job. I have lost everything. I have nothing," said cabaret singer Suzanne Carrico as she broke down in tears on a street in Queens.

"No one asked my side," the songbird continued as she made her way to a subway station, luggage in tow. "I can't talk. My lawyer said I can't."

Her lawyer, Gary Becker, did not return a call for comment.

Carrico, 34, is one of five of Wein-Reis' employees charged in a federal indictment alleging that they duped top-tier companies to sell discounted products - purportedly to be used for charitable causes - which the scammers then sold for a profit.

According to the indictment, filed in Indiana, Carrico allegedly sized up target companies via phone conversations and helped train other employees how to best select victims.

Wein-Reis, 44, allegedly used the profits to finance an opulent lifestyle - living in the art-filled mansion on West 75th Street.

She has been held without bail pending extradition to Indiana.

douglas.montero@nypost.com

I know of another [formerly] famous person who had his downfall through a Jacuzzi and [true] Italian [marble] tiles! Oh Yes, there was another element in that story. A crane. That was brought in [to the poor neighborhood] to lift the Jacuzzi. A [curious] neighbor called the press (that's what the media was called at that time.) That caused a chain reaction (of investigations, accusations and trials and [unfortunately] prison terms)!!!

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 04:17 AM amy Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

We have known the Reis family for 20 years.
They are the nicest and kindest people.
David is a masmid and both he and Dina have devoted their time and money to mosdos worldwide. Their commitment to k'lal yisroel and to emunas ha-shem is an example of how we should act bein adom l'chaveiro.
The facts will be tried and we should always be careful to be "dan l'kaf zechus"
I am certain that our tefillos will help them endure what the soton is attempting to accomplish.
Please try to stop posting negative and hurtful comments and post supportively as it will most appreciated in this distressing time.
Duvy and Cheryl gross

i know the reis family for a while now, so i've worked for them. i actually enjoyed working for them and i wish them the best. hoping that the children will come out of this terrible situation sane.

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 04:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Simple Living Says:



By DOUGLAS MONTERO and REBECCA ROSENBERG
THAT'S RICH! Fraud suspect Dina Wein-Reis (top left) lavishly remodeled her mansion roof. Co-defendant Suzanne Carrico "lost everything."
THAT'S RICH! Fraud suspect Dina Wein-Reis (top left) lavishly remodeled her mansion roof. Co-defendant Suzanne Carrico "lost everything."

Posted: 3:21 am
November 2, 2008

Here's just a taste of what an alleged multimillion-dollar scam can get you.

Dina Wein-Reis spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to build this regal rooftop retreat atop her Upper West Side mansion, all while allegedly fleecing several Fortune 500 companies in an elaborate scam.

Complete with a Jacuzzi and a cabana and layered with Italian tile, this is where Wein-Reis could relax in her off hours when she wasn't running the alleged swindle.

Meanwhile, one of Wein-Reis' co-defendants said yesterday that the case has left her devastated.

"I have lost my job. I have lost everything. I have nothing," said cabaret singer Suzanne Carrico as she broke down in tears on a street in Queens.

"No one asked my side," the songbird continued as she made her way to a subway station, luggage in tow. "I can't talk. My lawyer said I can't."

Her lawyer, Gary Becker, did not return a call for comment.

Carrico, 34, is one of five of Wein-Reis' employees charged in a federal indictment alleging that they duped top-tier companies to sell discounted products - purportedly to be used for charitable causes - which the scammers then sold for a profit.

According to the indictment, filed in Indiana, Carrico allegedly sized up target companies via phone conversations and helped train other employees how to best select victims.

Wein-Reis, 44, allegedly used the profits to finance an opulent lifestyle - living in the art-filled mansion on West 75th Street.

She has been held without bail pending extradition to Indiana.

douglas.montero@nypost.com

Yet again, it amazes me how someone can believe a story from the 'New York Post' before being dun l'adam b'kaf z'chus!

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 01:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #25  
amy Says:

i know the reis family for a while now, so i've worked for them. i actually enjoyed working for them and i wish them the best. hoping that the children will come out of this terrible situation sane.

Please do yourselves and the Jewish people a favor and stop these ridiculous attempts to deny that Dina Reis has been arrested for criminal activities.

Read the reports of her and her associates' arrests. There is a long paper trail and rap sheet on these characters. This is no smear job by a NYC tabloid. The NY Post just happens to like stirring a dirt a bit.

This story has been picked up by numerous news venues.

"Kind" and "nice" people can also be greed-driven, lying thieves who live a lavish lifestyle on stolen money. Why do they give tzedaka? Because they love the kavod that comes from being a ba'al (or ba'alat) tzedaka.

That doesn't make the crime any less egregious.

That doesn't make the dirty money clean.

No amount of fancy sheitels or expensive clothes or checks written to Israel or a yeshiva can disguise the fact that Dina Reis was arrested because her scam was finally busted by investigators.

So, these character references are kind of pathetic. Save it for your jail visits where you can let Dina know how much you love her and believe in her innocence.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 04:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Having also worked for her, the truth will prevail. Its all true.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 07:47 PM Anonymous Says:

that piece of crap deserves to rot in jail

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 09:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Anonymous Says:

Please do yourselves and the Jewish people a favor and stop these ridiculous attempts to deny that Dina Reis has been arrested for criminal activities.

Read the reports of her and her associates' arrests. There is a long paper trail and rap sheet on these characters. This is no smear job by a NYC tabloid. The NY Post just happens to like stirring a dirt a bit.

This story has been picked up by numerous news venues.

"Kind" and "nice" people can also be greed-driven, lying thieves who live a lavish lifestyle on stolen money. Why do they give tzedaka? Because they love the kavod that comes from being a ba'al (or ba'alat) tzedaka.

That doesn't make the crime any less egregious.

That doesn't make the dirty money clean.

No amount of fancy sheitels or expensive clothes or checks written to Israel or a yeshiva can disguise the fact that Dina Reis was arrested because her scam was finally busted by investigators.

So, these character references are kind of pathetic. Save it for your jail visits where you can let Dina know how much you love her and believe in her innocence.

what fancy sheitels? ;)

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 Nov 29, 2009 at 08:53 AM John Doe Says:

This is a disgrace that large companies pay Millions of dollars in salary and stock options to executives who some time make bad deals and with the power of the large companies because of donations get the local DA in indianapolis to prosecute this women . This is not criminal its a civil lawsuit .
They should fire the high price executives that made a bad call and did not investigate the deal before getting free dinners , hotels , and gifts to entice them to make this deal
SHAME ON THE GOVERNMENT to allow our tax dollars to fight for companies that should pay for themselves and fire the executives.

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