State files motion to seize Pastrick's property

2010-12-15T00:00:00Z 2013-06-06T16:31:05Z State files motion to seize Pastrick's propertyBy Sarah Tompkins sarah.tompkins@nwi.com, (219) 836-3780 nwitimes.com

SOUTH BEND | Indiana filed a motion for state marshals to take and assess property from a former East Chicago mayor to help pay a more than $100 million civil judgment in a racketeering case.

Robert Pastrick, 83, may have to turn over property from his Ogden Dunes home and Portage storage locker to help pay off the massive damages the state won against him in an outgrowth of the 1999 sidewalks-for-votes scandal.

Defense attorney Mike Bosch declined to comment on the case, while Pastrick's other attorney, Gordon Gouveia, did not respond to interview requests.

According to court records, the state wants to take Pastrick's jewelry, firearms, artwork, memorabilia, furniture, cash, appliances, stock certificates, bonds, collectibles and other items. Federal Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein in South Bend will decide whether to grant or deny the motion.

In the meantime, the debt is growing. Over the span of about nine months, it has increased by more than $261,000 from interest, according to court records.

When asked if the state expects Pastrick's belongings to cover a majority of the judgment, Bryan Corbin, a spokesman for the Indiana attorney general's office, declined to comment.

If the motion is granted and the property is not enough to cover the damages, Pastrick could file for bankruptcy or have his jointly owned home and car seized from him and his wife.

Pastrick was not indicted in the scheme to pour driveways, patios and sidewalks for city voters. Six top city officials were convicted, and the state filed a civil suit against the 33-year mayor in an attempt to recoup some of the more than $24 million spent on paving and tree trimming.

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