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
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.
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.
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