Former E.C. library director sentenced to 24 months probation

2013-11-05T20:15:00Z 2013-11-15T11:17:10Z Former E.C. library director sentenced to 24 months probationTimes Staff nwitimes.com
November 05, 2013 8:15 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Manuel "Manny" Montalvo, the former East Chicago Public Library director, was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months probation in federal court.

As part of his sentencing, he will be confined to home detention for four months, according to court records. He is not required to pay any restitution. 

Tuesday's sentencing follows a plea agreement that was reached in August. Montalvo pleaded guilty to providing false information on his 2009 federal tax return, according to court records.

He was accused of falsely listing business and medical expenses the Library Board already had reimbursed him for, according to court records. 

Prosecutors had asked a judge to sentence Montalvo to a short period of incarceration, and Montalvo had asked a judge to sentence him to a year of probation. 

In a separate pending federal case, Montalvo is suing East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland on a claim he was illegally fired as library director. According to the lawsuit, Montalvo says he was fired because of his political support of former Mayor George Pabey who is serving time in a federal prison because of a separate case. 

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