EAST CHICAGO | Former East Chicago Public Library Director Manny Montalvo pleaded guilty in Hammond federal court Thursday to one count of filing a false tax return.
Montalvo, who faces up to three years in prison and a maximum $100,000 fine, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 5, court records state. He remained free on bond Thursday, awaiting sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen.
Montalvo pleaded guilty to providing false information on his 2009 federal tax return by claiming $23,282 in unreimbursed business expenses. Montalvo claimed business expenses for use of his vehicle, travel, meals, entertainment and other expenses in his position as library director. However, the East Chicago Public Library Board already had reimbursed him for all employee-related expenses.
In addition, Montalvo admitted to falsely claiming $17,063 in unreimbursed medical expenses.
In a related civil action, Montalvo is suing East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland for unspecified damages, claiming he was illegally fired as library director because of his political support of former Mayor George Pabey.
Pabey is serving time in federal prison for conspiracy and embezzlement of public funds.
Montalvo claims Copeland replaced board members with those who would agree to fire him in 2011.