Vanderburgh County

A Scar on the System- the 29 cases

Oct 8, 2017
Steve Burger

The year-long WNIN and Side Effects investigation uncovered a list of cases for which Bloomington psychologist Albert Fink is suspected of possibly falsifying mental evaluations. Local courts have closed the case against Fink. However, after we contacted them, officials with the state's highest court have reached out to the defendants in the suspected cases.

Guilty Plea in Falsified Mental Evaluation Case

Aug 8, 2017
AJ Casey / WNIN

Bloomington psychologist Dr. Albert Fink pleaded guilty to an obstruction of justice charge Tuesday afternoon. 

In a plea deal, Fink admitted to submitting false evidence in the Vanderburgh County trial of Caleb Loving last August. Fink was charged with obstruction of justice and theft. The theft charge was dismissed in the plea agreement.

The plea agreement included an eighteen month jail sentence that was suspended to probation and a $10,000 fine. Fink must also surrender his professional licenses.

Samantha Horton / WNIN

Vanderburgh County will celebrate its 200th birthday next year. Even with several months to go before 2018, County Commissioners have already started planning the festivities.

Vanderburgh County Commissioners voted unanimously to create the County Bicentennial Committee during their June 6 meeting. Commission President Bruce Ungethiem proposed the committee to celebrate the county’s history.

Fink in court Thursday

Nov 3, 2016
Steve Burger

The psychologist accused of falsifying the mental evaluation of a Vanderburgh County court defendant was back in court Thursday morning.

Albert H. Fink is charged with obstruction of justice and theft in the case.  Both charges are felonies. The investigation into the evaluation prompted a mistrial and caused Vanderburgh County prosecutor Nick Hermann to review over 70 cases in which Fink had some involvement. / Indiana Youth Institute

Twenty-five percent of Vanderburgh County children lived in poverty in 2014, according to the latest Kids Count survey. That’s slightly higher than the national percent. 

The survey by the Annie Cassie Foundation says Indiana saw a 63 percent increase in children living in high poverty areas. In Indiana twenty-two percent of children lived in poverty; That’s slightly lower than Kentucky but higher than Illinois.

Indiana kids saw improvement in terms of health and education.