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WHAS11.com | Louisville | Statewide News
Two other alleged ringleaders in the bingo probe - Indiana State University Professor Fred Draper and retired Eli Lilly and Co. accountant Willie A. Ryan - are awaiting trial.
Terre Haute Tribune-Star
Indiana State University professor Fred Draper is one of three business partners under investigation in Indianapolis for operating bingo parlors and allegedly stealing proceeds that should have gone to charity , according to court documents filed in Marion County.Information in a request for a search warrant Sept. 5 for Draper's home in Terre Haute and other locations shows a sweeping investigation with at least a dozen suspects , mostly from Marion County , according to court records.In the affidavit for the search warrant , a Marion County Sheriff's detective wrote that he had probable cause to believe Draper and seven others committed the crimes of professional gambling , evading income state income taxes , theft from charities and money laundering in excess of $50 , 000 for the years 1998 , 1999 and 2000.It could not immediately be determined if any search of Draper's home had been carried out.Draper , 57 , of 131 Phoenix Drive , could not be reached for comment.Draper had not been arrested or charged with any crime as of late Tuesday.Grand jury investigators and state of Revenue are continuing the investigation , which began several months ago.Draper has been employed at ISU in various capacities since 1967 , when he was hired as a graduate assistant and track coach.He received a tenured appointment in fall 1973 and became a full professor in 1982.His current salary is $61 , 287.In the past , Draper has served in several prominent roles as vice chairman of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and a board member of Indiana Black Expo.He also served on various boards in Terre Haute.According to court papers , Draper , Michael Frechette of Massachusetts and Bill A. Ryan of Indianapolis have been the primary business partners for three bingo parlors in Marion County : Westlane Bingo , Madison Avenue Bingo and Michigan Road Bingo.According to the probable-cause affidavit , Frechette , Draper , Ryan and another individual are business partners and have unlawfully taken the profits of the three bingo operations.Grand jury investigators also served a search warrant at Adams Apple Menswear in Indianapolis , a business co-owned by Draper and Ryan , according to records.Investigators seized about 20 boxes of documents from Adams Apple Menswear , where Draper , Ryan and Frechette often conducted meetings , court documents indicate.Draper was arrested in 1989 and charged with kidnapping , criminal recklessness and impersonating a police officer.He was accused of holding a 27-year-old woman hostage in Indianapolis in a dispute over an $800 debt.At the time of the alleged offenses , Draper was carrying weapons in shoulder and ankle holsters he later testified at trial were for target practice.The kidnapping charge was dismissed before trial.In a Marion County trial without a jury in December 1989 , a judge found Draper not guilty of criminal recklessness and impersonating a police officer.Updated 9/12/2001Have a suggestionFill out our survey
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DR. FRED DRAPER
4 plead guilty to roles in bingo scam
Those still facing charges and awaiting trial are: Indiana State University Professor Fred Draper; former Medford, Mass., police officer Michael Frechette; retired Eli Lilly and Co. accountant Willie A. Ryan; suspended officer Jonathan Wilson of the Indianapolis Police Department; and Wilson's wife, Donna.
Carl Brizzi for Prosecutor
Fred Draper, a suspended Indiana State University professor, and Willie Ryan, a retired Eli Lilly and Co. accountant, are expected to plead guilty to felony charges Wednesday in Marion Superior Court.Draper and Ryan are the last of the 11 people charged in the two-year probe to enter pleas.Draper, who is ill, will be sentenced later.Eight others have pleaded guilty as well.The plea agreements have drawn praise from scam victims.Court documents show Draper, Ryan and Frechette siphoned $3.57 million from pull-tab sales at the four bingo halls.Investigators say the money stolen from the four operations involves $1.2 million that should have gone to Forest Manor Multi-Service Center, which offers job information and referrals and community outreach for the poor; $1.2 million for Grand United Order of Oddfellows, a charity that Ryan and Draper were involved with; $959,000 for the Indiana State Council of Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, which offers life skills and pre-employment training; and $191,000 from the Consortium Foundation, which gives college preparation and scholarships.Now, Draper and Ryan will join Frechette in repaying some of what was taken.According to his plea agreement, Draper will pay $400,000 in restitution.