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Massive federal indictment filed against 2 Fort Wayne men in aftermath of December raids

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Two men charged in a federal indictment with multiple counts of money laundering and drug-related charges have made their initial appearances in court and will have another set of hearings Tuesday.

Michael A. Fabini and Marshall Butler are the subjects of a 44-count indictment that was filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Indiana's Fort Wayne division. The indictment -- some of which allege criminal activities dating back to 2007 -- also contains a provision that seeks the forfeiture of a range of items as diverse as the property and improvements, as well as all fixtures, located at 6619 Cherry Hill Parkway and a Stihl backpack blower.

The property at 6619 Cherry Hill Parkway is Fabini's.

Butler will appear in district court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in what is known as a detention hearing, according to Tony W. Geller, an assistant U.S. attorney, while Fabini is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. Fabini will also likely be arraigned, which means he can enter a plea on the charges.

Both men are currently in custody.

The general public became aware in December 2012 that some type of federal investigation was taking place when least 10 Fort Wayne homes and properties were searched by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

Fabini's home on Cherry Hill Parkway and six other properties were known to have been searched on Dec. 5, reportedly as part of the agency's "Safe Streets" initiative. At least three more were searched the next day.

For more on this story, see Friday's edition of The News-Sentinel or check back on www.news-sentinel.com.