Private jet trips, mistresses revealed in trial against former Marsh CEO

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The former CEO of Marsh Supermarkets is in hot water.

“Yeah I would say it’s got a hint of scandal to it,” said Indianapolis Business Journal reporter Scott Olson.

And through it all, Marilyn Marsh continues to stand by her man, leaving court arm in arm after enduring some hurtful testimony in her husband’s civil trial.

Marsh Supermarkets said Don Marsh used company funds to pay for personal trips and expenses totaling $3 million.  However, that’s not all. Olson, who has been following the trial since the beginning, said the details are pretty juicy when it comes to the company jet.

“A lot of those travels include visiting several mistresses,” Olson said.

Marsh Supermarkets said its former CEO was using the company jet for his own personal flings.  They claimed he was going from Indiana to New York twice a month in the year 2000 to visit a mistress.

“A Russian woman who was involved in a Russian Ice Ballet,” Olson said.  “And he was thinking about sponsoring that in the U.S. Have Marsh Supermarkets sponsor it and he put her up in an apartment in New York City.”

There were also five trips to Tennessee to visit another woman.

“I guess what they’re calling a high school friend in Tennessee that he would also take the jet to,” Olson said.

Marsh admitted in court the friend was one of his five mistresses.

“He’s claiming that they were business related trips all around the world,” Olson said.  “Marsh Supermarkets says they’re personal.”

Don Marsh is fighting back.  He is suing Marsh Supermarkets, stating they stopped his retirement payouts and the supermarket chain owes him $2 million.

The trial is expected to wrap up by the end of the week.  Despite the scandal, Olson said this court battle and the embarrassing details that are coming out in the trial do not seem to be hurting the Marsh brand.


  • debbie

    so what he is the founder of marsh techinally thats his money if he used it on a horse are donkey that is his money an company helloooooo

  • Chris, Indiana

    Fine line Debbie between owner and CEO of a company. CEO does not imply ownership. This man was NOT the founder of the company, he is the son of the founder. He was made president of the company when he was 30, the company already by this point being a publicly traded company (meaning investors in the company paid for his mistress trips in the form of wasted capital) since it went public in the 1950's. He had to know what he was doing was illegal. He did it anyway. I feel no remorse for anyone who steals from a company his father kept afloat in the Great Depression. His father worked hard to keep the business alive, and his son in turn worked hard to keep it alive as well but the fact is, when it came down to it, he used company funds improperly to support his personal habit of bedding women who were not his wife which has already been admitted to in court.

  • Danny

    In a publicly traded company there are no owners. Therefore, he is merely an employee that is guilty of misappropriation of company funds despite his name. Had he used his personal income to pay for the trips then no harm no foul.

  • Rick

    Bottom line is WHO CARES ?? Just another in the long line of trash stories to move everyone's attention away from what is important. Have prices on lettuce gone up because Don was getting a little on the side ?? Company business and probably could have been settled within the corporate structure.

  • Kirk

    This article reads as if it were written by a fourth grader. Can't Fox 59 send its own reporters to the trial? Why must they rely on the off-the-cuff (and unedited) musings of a reporter from the IBJ? To-wit: “I guess what they’re calling a high school friend in Tennessee that he would also take the jet to.” Does that pass for a sentence these days? Awful.

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