Albert Fink

A car. A tree. A crash. A confession. When Bloomington, Indiana, psychologist Albert Fink crashed his car and admitted to police that he falsified a mental evaluation in a criminal case in 2016, it sent shock waves throughout Indiana and beyond.

Our reporting prompted action at the highest levels of the Indiana court system. We also learned that there is another, much larger potential pool of victims for whom justice remains to be seen.

Financial support for this reporting project came from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Steve Burger

In Indiana, most criminal case mental competency exams are performed in a county jail. Psychologists say that's a bad idea. We went inside the Vanderburgh County Jail to find out how the process works and ran smack into an incident with an aggressive, mentally ill inmate.


One day in August 2016, 83-year-old Albert Fink crashed his 2012 BMW sedan into a tree, on a curve on Indiana State Road 46 just outside of Bloomington.


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.

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.

Fink in jail on theft charges

Aug 9, 2016
Vanderburgh County Jail

A new development in a case that involves arson, explosives, an alleged faked mental evaluation  and a possible suicide attempt to avoid testifying.

Tuesday afternoon, 83-year-old Albert Fink was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on charges of theft and obstruction of justice.  He is being held on $5,000 cash bond.  A warrant was issued last week for Fink’s  arrest, but he spent several days recuperating in a hospital recovering from injuries he sustained in a car accident.

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