- - Wednesday, September 15, 2010

INDIANA

Man who faked death pleads guilty

NOBLESVILLE — An Indianapolis-area money manager who tried to fake his death in a Florida plane crash has pleaded guilty to securities-fraud charges.

Marcus Schrenker entered the plea at a hearing Wednesday in Hamilton Superior Court in Noblesville.

Schrenker is accused of bilking friends, family members and other investors of more than $1 million. He struck a deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty to five of 11 counts.

The judge set a sentencing hearing for Oct. 7. Schrenker could face 10 years in prison and be required to pay restitution.

Schrenker was sentenced last year to four years in federal prison for the January 2009 plane crash. Officials say he put his plane on autopilot and bailed out over Alabama to flee personal and financial problems.

NEW JERSEY

Judge to imam: Prove you’re fixing buildings

JERSEY CITY — A judge has demanded an imam who wants to build a mosque near New York’s ground zero produce documents proving he’s making repairs at two northern New Jersey apartment buildings he owns.

State Superior Court Judge Thomas Olivieri told an attorney for Feisal Abdul Rauf to submit the documents by Thursday afternoon.

Lawyer Tomas Espinosa told the judge some work is under way at the buildings in Union City, which is across the Hudson River from New York.

NEW YORK

Judge threatens dozing terror suspect

NEW YORK — A terrorism trial delayed for two days by a defendant who claimed he saw ghosts and dead people resumed Wednesday after a judge coaxed the man out of his sleepy demeanor with a threat that he would be ousted from his trial.

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