HAMMOND | A former Merrillville town court clerk accused of misappropriating bond money was sentenced in federal court to 2.5 years in prison, according to court records.
Virlissa Crenshaw, 43, of East Chicago, will be placed on supervised release for three years following her time in prison. According to court records, she will have to pay Merrillville $176,763.07 in restitution.
She pleaded guilty in October 2012 to a theft from a federally funded government organization and willfully filing a false federal tax return, according to a plea agreement.
She was accused of taking bond money from 400 criminal cases in the Merrillville court system, according to court documents.
Her attorney had asked that she be sentenced to 30 months of home detention, citing her various health problems. Prosecutors had recommended she be sentenced to 30 to 37 months in prison.
Crenshaw will have to report to prison April 24.