INDIANAPOLIS - A man who was the subject of a Call 6 investigation last November was charged with wire fraud in what the federal government called "a scheme to defraud multiple Indianapolis-area organizations."
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Hrond Arman Gasparian, 67, of Fishers, defrauded the Bells Chapel Church of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said that after Gasparian received an insurance payment that resulted from a fire that destroyed the church, Bells Chapel began working with Gasparian because he claimed he was a broker for a humanitarian fund and could land a $3 million grant that could be used to rebuild the church.
Hogsett said Gasparian told the church that to get the grant, it would need to give him a "commitment fee" of $365,000 and that the money would be held until the grant was secured.
"The indictment alleges that Gasparian had fabricated this story and is alleged to have used all of the $365,000 payment the church provided him for his personal benefit, including his own investments and personal expenses," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release.
The church did not get a $3 million grant and didn't get any of the money paid to Gasparian returned.
The indictment also claims that Gasparian defrauded a construction company in Fishers of $225,000.
If convicted, Gasparian could face up to 20 years in federal prison, along with fines of up to $250,000 on each count.