HAMMOND | A former Gary reserve officer sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a real estate scheme is asking for more time to report to jail so he can graduate from college.
A federal jury found Phillip Rucker guilty of wire fraud in 2011. Rucker was indicted along with Jacquelyn Drago-Hunter, former Gary community development director, and two other individuals.
Rucker wants to report to federal prison in West Virginia on April 30 instead of Monday so he can graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University on April 27, according to a motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond.
Federal court records state Rucker recruited individuals to buy real estate in Gary on behalf of another defendant, Jerry Haymon.
Rucker recruited a woman to buy a home in the 3700 block of Buchanan Street “by promising she would receive money after the purchase and telling her to sign numerous false documents” in support of her loan application, according to the indictment.
According to the indictment, Rucker also received a $5,000 kickback.