Ex-E.C. library director working on plea deal in federal case

2013-05-22T20:15:00Z 2013-05-22T20:28:10Z Ex-E.C. library director working on plea deal in federal caseElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

EAST CHICAGO | The federal trial of the former director of the East Chicago Public Library was pushed back to August while both parties continue negotiations on a plea deal, according to court records.

Manuel "Manny" Montalvo faces two counts of filing false tax returns and overstating business, medical and dental expenses totaling more than $80,000, according to court records. The tax returns in question were filed in 2009 and 2010.

On Wednesday, a federal judge rescheduled Montalvo's jury trial for Aug. 19. According to a court order, both parties are working on a plea deal to resolve the charges without a trial. 

In February, an order was granted that set a jury trial for June 10 and had a plea agreement due by June 3, according to court records. 

Montalvo has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He has another unrelated pending federal case in which he claims he was wrongfully fired from his job at the library for political reasons.

According to court documents, Montalvo accuses East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland of firing him without just cause. The case was filed in federal court earlier this month.

Copeland previously told The Times he "had no knowledge of the lawsuit being filed, but the case is without merit."

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