| Oct 2, 2014
| 6:56 PM
Legal troubles mushroomed this week for Orlando businessman Nik Patel, who had gained prominence during the past two years renovating Central Florida hotels.
Patel, 30, was arrested Tuesday on federal allegations of fraudulently selling $150 million in...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 10:32 AM
If you move away from Central Florida, almost nobody will get your reference to the Appliance Direct guy. Or John Arie, Jr. of "It's HUGE!" fame. Or Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.
These are our celebrities. They're our elected officials. They appear...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Two local law firms are trying to figure out who sent dozens of accusatory letters to bar associations across the country about one, using the other's return address.
Someone sent anonymous letters about Brownstone Law, a Winter Park-based appellate...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 5:53 PM
Dozens of local governments — from Downers Grove to Frankfort — face investment losses totaling more than $50 million of taxpayer money in a fraud scheme the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago are unraveling.
The tax dollars...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Mingo’s Restaurant in downtown Orlando has closed its doors, in a development apparently related to the scandal that engulfed one of its investor-owners, Nikesh Patel of Orlando.
Meanwhile, another Mingo’s location in East Orlando, at the...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 2:16 PM
Facing criminal charges of fraud and a $72 million lawsuit, Orlando businessman Nikesh Patel has agreed to sell five hotels, two multimillion-dollar homes, several luxury brand watches, a Rolls Royce, a Lamborghini, and gold coins.
But Patel hasn’...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 12:30 PM
There’s a ripple effect spreading from the alleged loan fraud of Orlando businessman Nik Patel, who was arrested on Sept. 30 on federal charges that he lied about $179 million in loans he sold through his company First Farmers Financial.
| Nov 13, 2014
| 3:35 PM
A Milwaukee company suing Orlando businessman Nik Patel over alleged loan fraud has expanded its damage claim to $537.5 million.
The company, Pennant Management, also included a new defendant in the lawsuit – Patel's business partner Timothy...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Orlando businessman Nikesh A. Patel has been arrested by federal authorities on fraud charges.
Authorities say Patel fraudulently sold $150 million in loans to an unidentified Milwaukee company. The FBI alleges he sold the loans as being guaranteed by...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Two hotel renovation projects in Orlando are in limbo in the wake of businessman Nik Patel’s recent arrest on federal allegations of fraudulently selling $150 million in loans to a finance company.
Patel is a financier who has invested millions of...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 5:17 AM
Thank goodness for the legal analysts. They do help us make it through the high-profile trials by explaining court procedure, analyzing the lawyers' strategies and assessing the witnesses' performances.
At the George Zimmerman trial, the most...