The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

June 25, 2014

Real estate broker surrenders to police

Shoot, other defendants ordered to submit handwriting samples

ANDERSON — The legal woes Roger Shoot faces over his real estate business dealings deepened Wednesday, when he surrendered to police facing felony charges in connection with alleged theft, forgery and corrupt business practices.

Shoot arrived promptly at 2 p.m., walking slowly up the steps to police headquarters on Main Street, where warrants for his arrest were served. Shoot was accompanied by his wife, Pamela.

Shoot and two employees, Roberta Curson, and Tyler Hazel, both of whom have also been charged with criminal wrongdoing, were ordered to submit handwriting samples to authorities, said Anderson Police Department Detective Joel Sandefur, lead investigator in the case.

The 62-year-old local businessman was charged with 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. Bond was set at $10,000, according to charging documents.

Roberta J. Curson, 55, was 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. She served as Shoot’s bookkeeper and notary.

Tyler S. Hazel, 24, was charged with one count of Class D felony theft, according to court documents.

Sandefur said the handwriting samples will be sent to the Indiana State Police laboratory for analysis.

Those samples could figure prominently in the criminal case because Shoot and Curson have been accused of forging the names of several people on documents submitted to Madison County government offices for property tax and other purposes.

After the arrest warrants were served and writing samples taken Wednesday, Shoot was taken to the Madison County Jail for booking. Bond was set at $10,000, which he was expected to post immediately.

For the criminal charges, the next step for the three defendants will be an initial hearing where they will enter pleas on the charges.

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