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U.S. attorney discusses public corruption

U.S. attorney discusses public corruption

SCHERERVILLE | Members of the Lake County Advancement Committee got a behind the scenes look Friday into federal investigations targeting public corruption.  

September 12, 2014 7:30 pm

Two to admit to staging crashes for insurance payouts

HAMMOND | Two more defendants plan to plead guilty to charges alleging they staged car crashes in Northwest Indiana and Illinois to profit from insurance payouts, federal court records show.

September 06, 2014 12:00 am
Right-to-work took long journey to Supreme Court

Right-to-work took long journey to Supreme Court

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in Attorney General Greg Zoeller's first appeal of two Lake County judicial rulings finding the state's right-to-work law violates the Indiana Constitution.

September 03, 2014 6:30 pm Related

Defendant admits he sought cocaine from undercover cop

HAMMOND | A man pleaded guilty on his second day of trial Tuesday to federal charges alleging he attempted to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine from an undercover officer at a Gary truck stop.

August 27, 2014 9:25 pm
Judge denies Schaap's request to overturn 12-year prison sentence

Judge denies Schaap's request to overturn 12-year prison sentence

HAMMOND | A federal judge denied a petition from Jack Schaap, former First Baptist Church of Hammond pastor, to overturn his 12-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a 16-year-old church member.

August 26, 2014 5:00 pm

M'ville woman gets home confinement for role in drug deal

HAMMOND | A Merrillville woman will spend the next year under home confinement over a federal drug dealing charge.

August 21, 2014 5:05 pm

Competency exam ordered in federal child porn case

HAMMOND | A Valparaiso-area man has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination to determine if he is competent to face federal charges of producing and sharing child pornography.

August 20, 2014 1:43 pm

M'ville man admits ID theft to file for bogus tax refunds

HAMMOND | A judge has accepted a Merrillville man's guilty plea to charges he stole individuals' identities and used the information to falsely claim their federal tax returns, federal court records unsealed Monday show.

August 12, 2014 5:38 pm

Couple accused of filing false tax returns in $1.1 million case

HAMMOND | A St. John couple is accused of filing false individual tax refund forms totaling more than $1.1 million, according to court records.

August 08, 2014 9:11 pm

Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty in federal court to one misdemeanor tax count

CHICAGO | An Illinois lawmaker who faced nearly 20 federal bank-fraud charges that could have landed him in prison for decades pleaded guilty Monday to a single misdemeanor tax count for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,700.

August 04, 2014 9:00 pm

Former pastor seeks hearing in effort to overturn sentence

HAMMOND | A former pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond on Friday asked a federal judge to at least allow his attorney to present evidence showing his 12-year sentence should be overturned.

August 04, 2014 8:30 pm

Former Lake Station school treasurer pleads guilty to theft

VALPARAISO | A former Lake Station elementary school extracurricular treasurer pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to theft from a federally funded organization.

July 30, 2014 9:33 pm

M'ville man pleads guilty to federal mail fraud charges

HAMMOND | A Merrillville man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to six counts of mail fraud involving a scheme to defraud insurance companies.

July 24, 2014 5:33 pm

Chicago man admits passing counterfeit bills in Hobart bar

HAMMOND | A Chicago man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Thursday to using counterfeit money to buying drinks at a Hobart bar.

July 18, 2014 12:05 am

Man linked to child sex abuse will admit immigration charge

HAMMOND | A Mexican man who was brought to federal officials' attention because he was accused of inappropriately touching a child agreed Thursday to plead guilty to a criminal immigration charge.

July 17, 2014 9:25 pm
Letter exhorts judge to keep Schaap in prison

Letter exhorts judge to keep Schaap in prison

HAMMOND | As U.S. District Court Judge Rudy Lozano considers former First Baptist Church of Hammond pastor Jack Schaap’s request to have his sentence overturned, at least one person doesn’t want to see him get out of prison anytime soon.

July 16, 2014 4:45 pm Related

7 men charged with trafficking drugs, firearms from Harvey to Ohio

HARVEY | Seven men — two from Harvey and others with ties to the city — are in custody in Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, on federal charges contending they were trafficking firearms and narcotics between Harvey and central Ohio.

July 16, 2014 12:53 pm

New lawsuits in fight over cold beer sales

INDIANAPOLIS | A coalition of Indiana convenience stores and gas stations is heading back to court hoping to overturn a state law that gives package liquor stores the exclusive right to sell cold beer.

July 15, 2014 5:30 pm

Porter County Jail officials deny responsibility for man's injuries

HAMMOND | Porter County sheriff's officials admitted in federal court records that a man who is suing them was involved in an altercation with another jail inmate but deny they're responsible for his injuries.

July 01, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo businessman agrees to plead guilty in federal fraud case

HAMMOND | A Valparaiso businessman was charged and agreed to plead guilty last week in an alleged scheme to defraud a Vermont company of more than $700,000.

June 26, 2014 11:10 am
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