Indy Super Bowl party planner arrested, charged with check fraud

INDIANAPOLIS - South Florida party planner and sports agent Howard Jaffe is facing criminal charges in Marion County, stemming in part from a VIP Super Bowl party he organized in February 2012, Super Lounge 46.

Jaffe was arrested in Florida and extradited back to Marion County on May 5, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.

Jaffe is charged with two counts of check fraud in two separate cases.

In one case, Jaffe is accused of writing a bad check to Scott Evans' audio and visual company, whom he hired for Super Lounge 46.

"We did a complete build out, all the furniture, drapery, lighting, sound system, video, everything they needed to create that into a nightclub space," Evans said. "It was a great party."

But once the party was over, Evans said Jaffe never paid him $50,000.

"I got paid a check that was no good," said Evans.

Pictures, shared by Evans, show Jaffe with rapper Nelly and Ivanka Trump.

"He’s a super likable guy and very confident, and you don’t get any clue this will happen," said Evans.

The other check fraud charge stems from a 2008 incident in which Jaffe deposited a $6,000 check at Huntington National Bank on 45 N. Pennsylvania St.

The check was later returned for non-sufficient funds, according to the probable cause affidavit.

He is expected in court June 10 at 8:30 a.m. on criminal charges.

Jaffe’s attorney, Russell Cate, told Kenney his client denies all the criminal charges.

The Call 6 Investigators did some checking and found Jaffe is facing a slew of civil lawsuits in central Indiana from people who say Jaffe owes them money, including several lawsuits from the Super Bowl.

Restaurant Bella Vita and Najem Management are suing Jaffe for $111,633.

"He leased our entire restaurant for the whole Super Bowl weekend and it’s not like we didn't have other people we could've leased it to," said John Bator, Greenfield attorney representing Bella Vita and Najem Management. "We actually went out and bought product and catered parties so my clients out of pocket for food, liquor and other services."

A hearing in the Bella Vita civil case is scheduled for June 25.

Bator said he is glad Jaffe was arrested and extradited.

"We’ve got a solid core group who is now making it their mission to make sure this guy gets what he deserves," said Bator. 

Court documents show Mary Shaw of Carmel loaned Howard Jaffe money for the Super Lounge 46 party.

In 2013, a judge issued a $258,526 judgment against Jaffe and his company Barjaf Group, but Shaw’s attorney Michael Alerding said they had yet to collect any of that money from Jaffe.

"We’ve been chasing him trying to collect money, and he’s avoided all attempts to answer how he’s going to pay this judgment," said Michael Alerding, attorney for Mary Shaw. "It’s gratifying that finally he’s been called to Marion County where he has a lot of people to answer to."

Alerding said it’s unclear if Jaffe has any assets.

"He’s very good at wooing the public," said Alerding.

Court records show Jaffe has recently lived in Boca Raton, Florida.

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