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Lowell, Indiana man strikes plea deal in ponzi-like investment scheme, records show

A Lowell, Indiana, man accused of bilking more than 25 people out of millions in a crooked investment scheme has entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court, to avoid taking the case to trial, records show.

By Lauren Cross of NWItimes.com A Lowell, Indiana, man accused of bilking more than 25 people out of millions in a crooked investment scheme has entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court, to avoid taking the case to trial, records show. Richard E. Gearhart, 69, faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, records show. If the agreement is accepted by a judge, he will also be ordered to pay restitution to his victims, though the final amount has yet to be determined. Records do not indicate if his co-defendant, George R. McKown, 66, of...

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