ANDERSON — A local real estate broker and his long-time employee are scheduled to appear in Madison Circuit Court today and enter pleas in the criminal indictments brought against them last month by Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings.
Roger Shoot, Roberta Curson and another employee, Tyler Hazel, were arrested in mid-June, accused of fraudulent transactions spanning years as part of Shoot’s real estate business that came to light in 2013 after a year-long investigation by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.
Cummings ordered Anderson police to open a criminal investigation of Shoot just days after the attorney general’s office filed its civil lawsuit against him in Madison County and moved to revoke or suspend his real estate broker’s license.
That investigation resulted in the filing of 32 criminal charges against the real estate broker including: 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.
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. An initial hearing has not yet been set for Hazel, who’s been charged with one count of Class D felony theft.
After a year of delays last week, the Indiana Real Estate Commission suspended Shoot’s real estate license for 90 days, pending a final hearing that has not yet been scheduled. Meanwhile, there’s been no movement on the state’s civil lawsuit.
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What to look for How Roger Schoot and Roberta Curson will plead to the charges against them. What legal strategies will be pursued by prosecution and defense attorneys. And whether Shoot's attorney will push for the appointment of a special judge to preside in the case.