HAMMOND | The owner of a Munster tree-trimming business will spend a year in federal prison for paying kickbacks to a former Hammond councilman in exchange for city work, court records show.
HAMMOND | Family and friends of former Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas are asking a federal judge for leniency as Salinas awaits sentencing for bribery and willful failure to file a tax return for the 2006 tax year.
HAMMOND | Federal prosecutors are recommending former Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas serve 46 months in prison, according to a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.
Disgraced Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas resigned from office Monday, just a few hours after pleading guilty to taking more than $10,000 in kickbacks for steering city work to a contractor.
HAMMOND | The owner of a local tree-trimming service pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge of paying more than $10,000 in bribes to a Hammond city councilman to receive city work.
HAMMOND | The owner of a tree-trimming service agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to paying a bribe to a Hammond city councilman in exchange for city work, federal court records show.
So many public corruption indictments have been handed down against public officials in Lake County over the years that voters run the danger of expecting local government officials to be corrupt. That should prompt action by good, decent, honest officials to shore up the public's trust.
HAMMOND | If Indiana's U.S. attorneys lag behind their nationwide colleagues in generating public corruption cases, as recently published federal statistics show, it wasn't apparent Thursday.
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