HAMMOND | Former East Chicago Public Library Director Manuel "Manny" Montalvo is asking a federal judge to sentence him to a year of probation.
Montalvo pleaded guilty in August to providing false information on his 2009 federal tax return, according to court records. He claimed $23,382 in business expenses and $17,063 in medical expenses, but the East Chicago Public Library Board had reimbursed him for work expenses.
The next year he falsely claimed $24,582 in business expenses and $15,850 in medical expenses, according to court records.
Prosecutors previously asked a judge to sentence Montalvo to a short period of incarceration to send a message to him and others that there are consequences for filling false tax returns, according to a sentencing memorandum.
Prosecutors also cited two prior arrests as a reason for having him serve prison time.
Montalvo's attorney argues that he is sorry for and regrets the arrests. The most recent was in 2010 after a Cubs game when he had an altercation with transit police.
He included in his sentencing memorandum a list of accomplishments starting from 1993. Montalvo is scheduled to be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5.
Despite the looming sentencing, Montalvo is suing East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland, claiming he was illegally fired as library director. According to the lawsuit, Montalvo says he was fired because of his political support to former Mayor George Pabey.