Super Bowl party planner appears in court on check fraud charges

INDIANAPOLIS - South Florida party planner and sports agent Howard Jaffe appeared in Marion County court Wednesday morning to face criminal charges, stemming in part from a VIP Super Bowl party he organized in February 2012, Super Lounge 46.

Jaffe is charged with two counts of felony check fraud in two separate cases and faces up to 11 years in prison and a $15,000 fine, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.

Alleged victims of Jaffe's showed up in court Wednesday in an effort to keep tabs on the party planner they say still owes them money.

Jaffe is facing a handful of civil lawsuits in addition to the criminal charges.

"We loaned Howard Jaffe some money for a Super Bowl party and we never got paid for it," said Mary Shaw of Carmel.  "We've been promised to be paid so many times and it's all empty promises.  The texts I have saved that say 'the money's in the mail. I've Fed Exed it.' It's unbelievable how many times he's said that."

In 2013, a judge issued a $258,526 judgment in favor of the Shaws against Jaffe and his company Barjaf Group, but the Shaws have yet to collect any of that money from Jaffe.

"Emotionally, sleepless nights, and it's like how many other people has he done this to?" said Mary Shaw. 

Jaffe was arrested in Florida and extradited back to Marion County on May 5 to face criminal charges in two cases.

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

Evans showed up in court Wednesday.

"I believe in the legal process, so I just want it to work," said Evans. "I want him to be held accountable to the highest standard of the law and pay for the crime."

Evans said Jaffe never paid him $50,000.

"I got paid a check that was no good," said Evans. "If I get my money back, great. If not, a person like this needs to pay the penalties."

Evans shared pictures showing Jaffe with rapper Nelly and Ivanka Trump.

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.

Jaffe did not respond to questions from Kenney Wednesday.

Jaffe's attorney, Rodney Sarkovics, told Kenney his client is innocent until proven guilty.

Jaffe's attorney filed a motion to dismiss, but a judge won't hear the motion until June 27.

A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 14 on the check fraud charges.

A judge denied Jaffe's request to be removed from GPS monitoring, but the party planner is still allowed to travel out of state.

Alleged victims said they were not swayed by Jaffe's sullen demeanor in court.

"I bet he's outside right now, laughing, having fun, getting ready to go to a nice dinner," said Evans. "That's not him."

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