Former E.C. cop sentenced in mail fraud case

2013-08-05T20:15:00Z 2013-08-05T23:37:05Z Former E.C. cop sentenced in mail fraud caseElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | A former East Chicago officer was sentenced last week to two years of probation in a mail fraud case.

Shawn Pitts will serve eight months of the sentence on house arrest and must pay $10,877 in restitution.

Pitts was indicted in May 2012 on mail fraud charges in U.S. District Court. He entered a plea agreement in August 2012. He was sentenced Friday, and details were filed in court Monday. 

According to the plea agreement, Pitts admitted to working as a police officer, working security at two housing projects and working at a credit union. His work hours would sometimes overlap jobs.

The mail fraud charge stems from checks he received for work as a security officer at a housing project that were mailed to his house, according to the plea agreement.

Pitts was a police officer from 1997 to September 2011. The work hours for his various jobs sometimes overlapped by as much as four hours, court documents state.

Under the plea agreement, Pitts could have faced a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

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