ANDERSON, Ind. —
The Madison County prosecutor's office has filed a warrant for the arrest of a prominent local real estate broker on 32 criminal charges, alleging that he engaged in corrupt business practices, theft, forgery and racketeering.
Roger L. Shoot is expected to surrender to authorities today.
The warrant cites 17 counts of Class D felony theft; 13 counts of Class C felony forgery, one count of Class D felony perjury; and one count of Class C felony corrupt business influence. Preliminary bond for Shoot has been set at $10,000, according to charging documents.
In addition, Roberta J. Curson, who served as Shoot's bookkeeper and notary, has been charged with 17 counts of Class D felony theft; 14 counts of Class C felony forgery; and one count of Class C felony corrupt business influence.
And Tyler S. Hazel, another employee, was charged with one count of Class D felony theft, according to court documents.
The criminal charges stem from a civil lawsuit the Indiana Attorney General's office filed against Shoot, and his wife, Pamela, in April 2013. State lawyers began investigating his business dealings in 2012 after receiving a complaint from a real estate client.
In that case, the state alleges that Roger Shoot, through his company, P.R. Properties LLC, sold four Anderson houses to consumers using rent-to-own agreements. According to the attorney general, Shoot allegedly collected and then pocketed more than $9,200, from at least five buyers, that was supposed to pay insurance premiums and property taxes.
Shoot used the money for personal expenses at pharmacies, restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations when it should have been held in special trust accounts and used to pay taxes and insurance fees, according to court documents.
In four real estate transactions specifically cited, Roger Shoot was the deeded owner of properties, but failed to record his ownership interest to "conceal and misrepresent the true deeded owner of record for the properties," according to the attorney general's complaint.