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August 3, 2013

State freezes Wagoner assets

Prosecutors say associated businesses were used to launder drug profits

Restraining orders were served Tuesday on 14 businesses and several bank accounts tied to doctors Don and Marilyn Wagoner, freezing the married couple’s assets as prosecutors pursue a racketeering case.

Howard County Superior Court 1 Judge William Menges signed the restraining orders after police testified Don Wagoner appeared to be trying to move and/or liquidate assets.

The doctors each are facing more than a dozen felony drug dealing charges, with police saying they ran what amounted to a narcotics distribution ring under the guise of two family medical practices.

Now on top of the criminal charges, Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann has filed a civil suit under Indiana’s anti-racketeering law, seeking a seizure of the Wagoners’ considerable assets.

County property records indicate the couple and associated limited liability corporations own more than 1,900 acres of land in Howard, Clinton and Carroll counties, most of it farmland owned by Wagoner Ag Properties, LLC and Wagoner Farm Properties, LLC.

McCann said the couple also controls numerous businesses, including Middlefork Feed and Grain, Inc., Frankfort, and Barnard Lumber Co., Bell Combine Services, E&K Sales and Wagoner Custom Services, all of Burlington, according to a forfeiture action filed July 25.

Kokomo Police Detective Tonda Cockrell filed an affidavit July 24, saying there were large and repeated money transactions, totaling more than $2 million, between the Wagoners, their businesses and various bank accounts during the period of December 2012 and January of this year.

The transfers included a $670,000 check from Middlefork Feed and Grain to Wagoner Inc., followed by a $130,000 check from Wagoner Inc. to Don Wagoner, according to the affidavit. A Salin Bank account showed more than $1 million in credits and charges in January, Cockrell stated.

Prosecutors called the medical practices “a front” for the Wagoners’ illegal activities, and said the Wagoners’ land and businesses represent the profit from their illegal enterprise.

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