Ex-Indianapolis Councilman Sentenced for Fraud

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A former Indianapolis City-County Council member has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for his role in a scheme to use $1.7 million intended for charity to buy personal luxuries.
 
  Fifty-eight-year-old Paul Bateman said Monday in federal court that he had lost his moral compass. The ordained minister pleaded guilty in January to 13 counts of money laundering and fraud.
 
  Partner Michael Russell was previously sentenced to nearly five years in prison.
 
  Prosecutors say Bateman helped persuade a doctor to donate money to the Russell Foundation, but instead used it for vehicles, entertainment, jewelry and travel for themselves and others.
 
  Prosecutors say Bateman used his public position to lend credibility to the foundation.
 
  Bateman was a councilman for six years, leaving office when his term ended in 2011.