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State investigating Indianapolis publisher

David Caswell David Caswell
Caswell's company, New Century Publishing is based in Indianapolis. Caswell's company, New Century Publishing is based in Indianapolis.

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Indianapolis - An Indianapolis publisher is under investigation by state officials. Several clients allege they lost thousands of dollars after they paid his company, but never got their books.

David Caswell has published the words of local authors, even prominent politicians. But several clients allege Caswell didn't keep his word after they'd paid him to print their books.

The Indiana Attorney General's office is investigating Caswell and his Indianapolis-based company, New Century Publishing. The state has received at least seven recent complaints against him.

"Complaints indicating that he took money and did not provide the services that he promised to give," said Indiana Deputy Attorney General David Paetzmann. "He promised to publish books and didn't finish that job. He promised to promote books and he didn't do that job the way he promised."

This isn't David Caswell's first problem with the state. Years before he owned New Century Publishing, he had two judgements against him, in 1990 and in 2008, for complaints over his career placement business.

"Basically, representing that he had lines to job postings that were not available to the public," Paetzmann explained.

Those lawsuits claimed he asked for money up front then misled people about potential jobs. Court records show Caswell owes $99,000 in settlements from the two lawsuits, but Paeztmann says he is in default, since he has only paid $600.

Caswell's publishing office on the city's north side sat empty Friday. His website says the company is not accepting new manuscripts and his attorney didn't return calls from Eyewitness News.

According to Caswell's landlord, who we reached by phone, Caswell owes thousands in rent. He's being evicted and he won't give straight answers as to why he won't pay up.

"I haven't seen Dave for several months," landlord Kevin Kirkpatrick said. "I even got an e-mail that he had the H1N1 virus. I mean it's just huge stories, always big stories."

Now, it's the status of his client's stories that could get this publisher in trouble with the state.

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