Brizzi's answers on Durham ties raise more questions

Reporter Chris Proffitt interviews Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

Chris Proffitt/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - Under pressure to explain his personal and business ties to Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham, Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi is now speaking out. Some of Brizzi's answers are raising even more question about his relationship to Durham.

Under fire for his business and personal ties with embattled Indianapolis financier Tim Durham, Brizzi is feeling the political fallout.

"In retrospect, there's probably some decisions that I would have made differently in terms of that because I think there's a perception issue," Brizzi said.

After he was criticized for dodging reporters' questions about his ties to Durham, now the subject of a federal investigation into an alleged multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme involving Ohio-based Fair Financial, the two-term Marion county prosecutor has opened up this week, agreeing to a round of interviews that at times raised even more questions.

"Did Durham loan you any money for any of these investments? Anything? No money from Fair or any of these other companies? No personal loans or anything like that?" Eyewitness News asked Brizzi.

"Not that I can think of, no. To the best of my knowledge. I'd have to go back. I haven't explored any of that in terms of those stocks," Brizzi said.

Described as his best friend, Brizzi used the social networking website Facebook to explain his relationship with Durham after the financier's businesses in Indianapolis and Ohio were raided by the FBI two weeks ago. Brizzi agreed to serve on Fair board of directors then backed out. Durham also served as Brizzi's campaign finance chairman and contributed heavily to his re-election.

So far, Durham hasn't been charged with any crimes, but his friends, many benefiting from his political contributions, are now feeling the strain from that relationship.

Brizzi says that he's talked to Durham twice since the FBI raid.